Inmate Health Care
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) provides medical, dental, nursing, mental health, and pharmacy care for inmates at each state institution on site and/or through arrangements with local specialty service providers. DOC employs more than 500 licensed health care personnel, certified, and trained in their fields. Health Services operates under a team philosophy. All disciplines within each of the 14 facilities work closely together in order to reach a common goal, providing the best, most efficient, and cost effective health care possible.
Health care professionals and support staff within DOC experience an array of medical interactions. They are responsible to provide care and services meeting the health needs of a widely diverse population in a closed and secure facility. A registered nurse working within an ambulatory care clinic, following a patient that just completed a dose of chemotherapy treatment might next be asked to evaluate an inmate from general population who may be at risk for suicide. The staff have the opportunity to apply their nursing and critical thinking skills throughout their day. Staff often express their appreciation for these challenges which allow for professional growth and keep the working environment ever changing.
Nursing staff are estimated to engage in over 1,000 patient care contacts each day statewide. The physicians, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistant staff are estimated to provide more than 250 on-site primary care appointments each day.
Medical Care Provided
Both federal and state constitutions, as well as the courts, must continuously provide medical services comparable to the care available within the community. Our health care team provides preventative care, treats acute illnesses or injuries, works with inmates to manage ongoing care for chronic diseases, and provides end-of-life care.
DOC Health Services includes:
- Health Services Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
- Autonomous Practice
- Specialty Clinics
- Chronic Care Management
- Behavioral, Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Care
- Special Needs Treatment Planning
- Inpatient and Ambulatory Care
- Wound Care Management
- Certified Hospice Program
- End of Life Care
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