Health care employees resign after 'errors' led to Metro inmate deaths

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by Bryan Baker

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 11:38 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Six employees working at Metro Corrections for health care contractor Corizon Correctional Healthcare resigned amid an internal investigation showed they made errors or mistakes that "may have contributed" to the deaths of two inmates.

Savannah Sparks died in April, five days after an arrest on a shoplifting charge. A death certificate released by her family shows the cause of death as "complications of substance abuse with withdrawal." They said she was a heroin addict.

Samantha George died one day after her arrest on theft charges last August. Her cause of death is unknown.

Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton said delays in the response at the nurse and nurse supervisory level in checking vital signs and elsewhere caused a problem, although he said both inmates had chronic or acute medical issues when they were booked.

A full-time detox nurse has been added to the staff. Bolton said he is requesting more help, including a health care compliance monitor in addition to the six employees that are replaced.

Corizon released this statement: "At Corizon we are committed to providing quality health care services and we welcome the opportunity to work with an independent contract monitor who will assist Louisville Metro Corrections and Corizon in our ongoing efforts to continuously improve the delivery of health care services to our patients."

 

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