For immediate release: June 13, 2007
GALVESTON, Texas — The Federal Bureau of Prisons today awarded the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston a contract to provide comprehensive medical care to the 5,700 male inmates at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont.
The one year contract, with renewals, is valued at about $99 million over the next five years, said Jack Smith, associate director of business development for UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care division. The competitively awarded contract begins July 18. It is CMC’s second largest contract; first is the $400 million contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide comprehensive health services each year to 80 percent of the state’s inmate population.
“We’re thrilled to be selected as the medical provider,” Smith said. UTMB will offer a full range of medical, dental and mental health services for all inmates, as needed, he said. Those who need specialized care will be treated at Hospital Galveston, the UTMB correctional hospital in Galveston. Medical emergencies will continue to be treated at local area hospitals, he said.
UTMB’s CMC division has been the medical provider for the facility since it opened about 10 years ago. According to Smith, this is the only prison in the federal system that contracts with another agency to provide all of its health services.
UTMB’s Correctional Managed Care program provides health care for offenders in more than 100 juvenile and adult correctional facilities through much of the state. A division of UTMB’s Community Health Services, CMC offers medical, dental and mental health services to more than 126,000 patients or about 80 percent of the state’s inmate population.
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