New team to oversee inmate health services at Allegheny jail

PITTSBURGH (AP) – (AP) – Allegheny County and western Pennsylvania’s second-largest hospital system, the Allegheny Health Network, are teaming up to take over inmate health-care services at the county jail.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Friday that the partnership will replace Tennessee-based Corizon Health in managing the Allegheny County Jail infirmary in September,

This comes after Fitzgerald fired Corizon, which managed medical services at the jail during a period in which 10 inmates died and the inmate mortality rate at the jail increased to double the national norm.

Officials say it’s not yet known how much the partnership will cost.

Corizon will provide health care at the jail until the end of its contract on August 31.

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