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DDS Morley’s heartfelt goodbye after 19 years at SQ

‘The dental department is going to lose a wonderful dentist’ By Eddie Herena                        Making people smile is something Jerry Morley is good at; it is something he does for a living. He is not a therapist, and he does not work in a pharmacy. He […]

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Diabetic program saves lives at San Quentin

By Emile DeWeaver “This is the most important program in San Quentin because it saves lives,” said Aaron Martin, a mentor in San Quentin State Prison’s Diabetic Program. He opened the ceremony for 40 graduates with a personal story about how his lack of knowledge about diabetes almost killed him. “When I came to the […]

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Healthcare staff awarded for treatment of Legionnaires outbreak

By CDCR “In September 2015, San Quentin experienced an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. It could have been deadly to the 5,400 inmates and staff if not for the actions of primary-care providers. Less than two hours after noticing a marked increase in pneumonia cases among patients, these staff exchanged their clinical suspicions,” stated Undersecretary of […]

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San Quentin’s Annual Health Fair Draws Its Usual Big Crowds

By Marcus Henderson Hundreds of prisoners formed long lines on San Quentin’s Lower Yard at the prison’s 13th Annual Health Fair on Aug. 19 to receive medical services and wellness information, ranging from blood pressure checks and chiropractic services to dental hygiene instructions. “Just because the men are locked up doesn’t mean they don’t have […]

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Unexpected Encounter Prompts Successful Diabetes Program

By Kris Himmelberger It was a chance encounter that led to development of a promising diabetes-control program that might improve the health of many San Quentin inmates, says inmate Clinton Martin. In the summer of 2012, San Quentin’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. E. Tootell was chairing a meeting for the Breast Cancer Walk. She happened […]

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CDC Says Youth Violence in America Has Become a Public Health Problem

By Charles David Henry Youth violence has become a public health problem across the United States, according to several reports by the Centers for Disease Control. It is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Bullying occurred against 25 percent of high school students during 2007-08, […]

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San Quentin’s Annual Tuberculosis Testing

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL INMATES: ANNUAL INMATE TUBERCULOSIS TESTING STARTS APRIL 26, 2013 By Dr. E. Tootell East Block, AC and NS: Mid-April California State Law requires that every inmate be screened yearly for Tuberculosis. San Quentin will start doing the annual Tuberculosis testing in the next few weeks. If you have had negative TB […]

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Medical Quarantine In North Block Lifted

By ALY TAMBOURA To the cheers of prison staff and prisoners, the San Quentin Prison health care administrator lifted a six-week-long quarantine of the North-Block housing unit. Four prisoners fell ill March 6 with chicken pox, which prompted administrators to implement a building-wide quarantine, North Block inmates were locked in their cells for 24 hours […]

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A Change to Medication Auto Refill Policy

By DR. CRENSHAW    Effective September 1, there will be a change in procedure to the medication auto refill policy at San Quentin (S.Q.).  Certain drugs will not be refilled automatically.  These include over the counter drugs, (OTC’s) such as antacids, vitamins and allergy medications.  Also excluded from auto refill will be topical medications such as […]

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Prisoners Air Concerns With S. Q. Medical Staff

By DAVID MARSH  San Quentin health care is improving, but there are still serious problems, a group of inmates reported at a meeting with medical and administrative staff. The March 13 meeting included Acting Warden R.K. Wong, Director of Nursing M. Lupian, Chief Nursing Executive D. Beetham, Exectuive Officer for the Receiver J. Clark, Chief […]

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