The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California Correctional Health Care Services announce the appointment of Nate Elam as health care CEO to head the California Health Care Facility (CHCF) in Stockton.
The $900 million, 1.2 million square foot facility will provide 750 mental health beds and 750 long-term care services beds for inmates with chronic illnesses who need 24/7 medical care, but not hospitalization.
Serving in the U.S. Navy and Department of Veterans affairs, Elam has extensive experience managing both public and private health care facilities. Elam joined the California Correctional Health Care Services in August 2010 as the health care CEO at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville where he has led more than 650 medical, mental health and dental professionals.
“I’m looking forward to building the CHCF team and launching the new facility,” said Elam. “CHCF will play an important role in addressing the needs of mentally ill and aging inmates in California’s correctional system by providing much needed health care beds and reducing expensive outside hospital stays.”
While CHCF is not scheduled to open until 2013, planning for hiring and activation begins with Elam’s appointment, effective March 12. Elam will lead the entire CHCF team, including clinical professionals, custody officers and administrative staff.
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Nancy Kincaid, CCHCS
Terry Thornton, CDCR