After the liability insurer for the Lebanon County Correctional Facility agreed in 2018 to pay nearly $5 million to the family of 18-year old Tori Herr, after the woman collapsed and later died as a result of a botched heroin withdrawal while in the county lockup, the decision was made by county commissioners to contract out for medical care within the prison.
Now, almost three years after Primecare Medical took over inmate medical care, they’ve received a prestigious accreditation for the healthcare services they’re providing to inmates.
At Wednesday’s Prison Board meeting, Primecare Vice President Kelly Ehrich announced they’ve been awarded accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.
She said there were 75 standards that had to be met and the auditors and medical examiners reviewing their records found no deficiencies:
Chairman Commissioner Bob Phillips said the accreditation fulfills one of the parameters of the agreement forged between the county and Primecare when the contract was signed in 2019:
LCCF Warden Tina Litz also praised the prison’s correctional officers, whose training was also a big part of receiving the accreditation.