The company that last month began running the Allegheny County Jail infirmary is defending its handling of the care of an inmate who jumped from the top tier of a jail pod.
Milan Karan, 38, of Pittsburgh, leaped late Monday afternoon and was taken to a hospital mid-afternoon on Tuesday.
"The patient was treated appropriately and kept under observation," wrote Rebecca Warren, a spokeswoman for Tennessee-based jail healthcare provider Corizon, in an email Tuesday night in response to questions posed Tuesday afternoon. "Due to privacy regulations, Corizon cannot provide specific details about a patient's treatment.
"Corizon provides comprehensive medical treatment onsite," she wrote in response to a question about the company's policy regarding referrals of patients to hospitals. "When medically necessary, patients are sent for outside medical care."
Corizon took over from the nonprofit Allegheny Correctional Health Service, which was criticized for hesitating to send injured inmates to hospitals.
Karan was jailed after repeated charges this year of defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.
His record includes one conviction, from 1995, for burglary and theft, for which he was sentenced to five to 23 months in jail.
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