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Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Receives National Accreditation for Healthcare Standards

NEW ORLEANS - 03-10-2017

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO) has received notice of its continued accreditation for excellence in healthcare services from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC).

In the correspondence, The NCCHC Accreditation Committee found that through surveys and other reporting measures, the OPSO was in full compliance with the stringent standards of healthcare service set forth by the NCCHC. Healthcare for the OPSO is provided by Correct Care Solutions (CCS), a Nashville, Tennessee-based public health company. CCS has provided medical care to the OPSO's correctional facility since 2014. The Sheriff's Office was first accredited by NCCHC in 2013.

"The continuation of this accreditation represents excellent teamwork on the part of the Sheriff's Office staff and the professionals from Correct Care Solutions," said Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman. "We're pleased to have a partner that shares our commitment to meeting the needs of the inmate population, while maintaining the highest possible healthcare standards."

The NCCHC began providing a comprehensive health services accreditation program for correctional facilities around the country in the 1970s. Its objective was to develop standards and protocol that would enable correctional operators and healthcare providers to deliver the best possible medical and behavioral health services within their respective facilities.

The process for accreditation requires a detailed peer review of the facility's healthcare services and operations. This review is then measured against the NCCHC's standards criteria and an assessment is then made. Items of measurement and evaluation include practices related to administration and governance, personnel and training, and medical treatment programming.

"We would like to extend our congratulations to Sheriff Gusman and the excellent team he has assembled in Orleans Parish," said Dr. Carl Keldie, MD, FACEP, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer with CCS. "We are very proud to serve his office and the City of New Orleans and applaud their commitment to achieve these standards that ensure quality care for all patients. We look forward to supporting their vision moving forward."

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