TIMES TRIBUNE (CORBIN, Ky.)
Times-Tribune / Staff Report
Whitley County received a $14,000 refund check recently from Southern Health Partners, according to county projects director Amber Owens.
She said the check was a refund for money not spent on inmate medical costs.
“This refund is a direct result of the excellent work of our staff at the jail,” said Whitley County Judge/Executive Pat White, Jr. “Lt. Brenda Lamb has worked tireless hours to set up procedures for tracking inmate medical expenses.”
Owens said Lamb has worked with the local hospitals and Southern Health Partners to track information related to inmate medical bills on a daily basis.
The Whitley County Detention Center also has a nurse on duty at the jail 12 hours a day, seven days a week, Owens added. Part of the salary for the nurse is paid through the jail canteen.
“The addition of a nurse 12 hours a day has kept many of the services inmates would be transported to hospitals for in house and cut costs dramatically,” Owens said.
“We feel it is important to reduce the amount of medical bills at the jail,” said Whitley County Jailer Ken Mobley. “One of the ways in which we did this was to make sure there were medical services on site for a longer period of time.”
The money spent out of the jail canteen fund must be used to benefit the inmates.
The refund money from Southern Health Partners will be put back into the jail fund.