Medical Operations

Medical Operations Director: Kevin Runyon

Contact:

614-752-1697 or fill out the form located here.

Medical Operations provides oversight and support of medical and dental care services provided to incarcerated individuals in the Ohio prison system

Vision

Medical Operations is committed to improving the health of our patients by providing excellent medical care. Medical Operations is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the delivery of health care services to all incarcerated individuals in Ohio's prisons.

Mission

The mission of Medical Operations is to promote optimal wellness through identification and treatment of health problems, while providing patient education associated with health conditions and disease prevention. We will foster an atmosphere that promotes comprehensive, compassionate, quality, professional healthcare through education, provision of resources, clinical oversight, and administrative support.

Meeting the health care needs of ODRC’s population remains a constant challenge. The population is aging, and prior to incarceration, most did not receive regular medical and dental care and/or had life-styles that were not compatible with good health. Medical Operations must therefore treat a multitude of chronic and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Continuing advances in accepted medical treatment further increase the challenges of meeting these needs. In order to provide quality care during a time of escalating medical costs, the bureau has implemented a system of managed care that includes primary care physicians, a standardized drug formulary, pre-authorization of non-mandatory medical treatments, utilization review of hospital expenditures, capitated physician contract rates, negotiated discounts on hospital services and medical co-pay fees.

 

Health care within Ohio prisons is provided on several levels. The first and most basic level of care is provided through the infirmaries at each institution. These are staffed by a combination of civil service and contract health care professionals. The health care team at each institution manages the day-to-day operation of health care services by providing primary care and addressing the routine health care needs of the incarcerated individuals.

Two skilled nursing facilities, Frazier Health Center located in Orient, Ohio and the Franklin Medical Center located in Franklin County, provide more intensive health care treatment. Some individuals with serious illnesses or disabilities may be permanently assigned to one of these facilities during their incarceration. A third specialized unit is located at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution to treat individuals with dementia.  These medical facilities offer a cost-effective approach for long-term health needs of incarcerated individuals.

A third level of health care is available through ODRC’s partnership with The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC), where emergency room and inpatient hospital services are provided and where surgeries and advanced diagnostic testing occur. Physicians from OSUMC also operate specialty clinics at the Franklin Medical Center. Incarcerated individuals from all institutions are scheduled for these clinics as needed at this central location.

In March 1995, ODRC successfully implemented telemedicine, an interactive video technology that provides specialty medical consults to Ohio prisons. This technology, the use of which improves communication and continuity of care while decreasing transportation costs, links ODRC institutions across the state and Medical Operations with the Franklin Medical Center and The Ohio State University Medical Center.

To help curb rising costs and the ever-increasing demand for medical care, ODRC, like many other correctional agencies, has implemented a "co-pay," drawn from incarcerated individuals' personal accounts. This fee is assessed for each self-initiated request for medical treatment. No individual, however, is denied needed medical care because of an inability to pay this fee. Behavioral health services and follow-up in chronic care clinic visits are exempt from this policy.