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 November 22nd, 2013  
Second consecutive perfect score for St. Lucie County jail's medical operation, according to Sheriff Mascara
An inspection earlier this week of inmate medical care at the St. Lucie County jail by outside medical experts yielded a perfect score, for the second year in a row, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"The National Commission on Correctional Health Care's ('NCCHC') inspection team again gave our jail medical operation a perfect score," said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. "This is great compliment to Corizon Medical Services, our jail medical contractor, and an affirmation that our partnership with Corizon is providing top-quality medical care to those confined at the jail."

The NCCHC's medical experts who conducted the inspection were: Charles D. Lee, MD, JD, MBA, CCHP who has conducted over 50 inspections in 26 states and has over 40 years of experience; and Janice Hill RN, MPH, CCHP-RN, CCHP-A was lead surveyor for the inspection, with over 30 years of experience mainly from Pinellas County Jail.

The St. Lucie County jail's first NCCHC inspection was in 1998. The jail has been reaccredited six times since the initial inspection. There are over 3,800 jails in the United States, with fewer than 300 accredited through the commission's voluntary accreditation program.

According to the commission's website (ncchc.org), the commission's "origins date to the early 1970s, when an American Medical Association study of jails found inadequate, disorganized health services and a lack of national standards. In collaboration with other organizations, the AMA established a program that in the early 1980s became the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose early mission was to evaluate and develop policy and programs for a field clearly in need of assistance."

The NCCHC's perfect-score inspection was preceded by last week's inspection of the jail by another organization, a committee  of the Florida Model Jail Standards, which resulted in a perfect score for the eighth year in a row.

"These two perfect-score inspections are the public's assurance that the St. Lucie County jail's operations and medical component meet the highest professional standards of care for jail inmates," Sheriff Mascara said. "I am extremely proud of the 264 professionals of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office's Department of Detention, led by Major F. Patrick Tighe."

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