Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. (ACH) is one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers for county jails. Headquartered in Illinois, ACH’s team of over 900 people across 17 states treats an average daily population of over 33,000 patients.

We are proud that Nurse Celia Herynk chooses to be on the ACH team. In January 2018, Nurse Herynk was presented with a patient who was in full cardiac arrest. While we can’t tell you exactly what happened next due to federal patient privacy and confidentiality laws, we can tell you that Nurse Herynk did not freeze. She resuscitated the patient and did not leave the patient’s side until EMS arrived. Nurse Herynk saved the patient’s life.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s December 2016 report on mortality in local jails, the rate of mortality in jails is approximately 1.4 deaths per 1,000 patients per year. This data translates to an expectation that ACH should lose approximately 46.2 patients per year. But why does anyone die in jail? The media will tell you it’s because the medical care is terrible, but those of us who work in corrections know the truth.

The truth is that our patients pose unique challenges for the medical and mental health teams. Our patients generally don’t access healthcare outside of jail, and they usually don’t know their family’s medical history. Our team does a lot of good things for a population that otherwise, oftentimes, wouldn’t receive any healthcare at all.

For example, we provide mental health treatment for people who are self-medicating with drugs, which causes them to end up in jail. We provide prenatal care for a significant number of women who otherwise would not receive it in the community. We provide dental care for people who quite literally have never sought dental care their entire lives.

We take a population of people who statistically do not (or cannot) take care of themselves and address their needs. Our people are improving public health.

As a result, ACH’s patient mortality rate is lower than the industry standard, coming in around 1.35 deaths per 1,000 patients for the year 2016. This implies that our healthcare program saved two patient lives in 2016. One of those lives was saved by Nurse Herynk. Thank you, Nurse Herynk, for your commitment to our patients. ACH appreciates you!

About Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc.: Recognized as one of the nation’s largest jail healthcare providers, ACH endeavors to make a difficult time in their incarcerated patients’ lives easier. For more information, visit the site at

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