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From Telemedicine to the Secure Care Unit: Perspectives on Correctional Health Care at VCU Health



Tompkins McCaw Library Lecture Room 2-010
509 North 12th St., Richmond, Va. 23298


As outlined by Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy, the health care provided to incarcerated people is too often inadequate. Working as part of a community alliance with 30 Virginia Department of Corrections' facilities, the physicians and nurses who work in VCU Health's Telemedicine Center and the Secure Care Unit ensure access to health care for those behind bars. The speakers at this event offer perspectives from nurses and doctors who provide care to inmates. Students as well as professionals and hospital staff are invited to attend this informative and engaging session.

Registration is strongly encouraged to reserve a seat. Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. For special accommodations or to RSVP offline, please contact Thelma Mack at or (804) 828-0017.

The Speakers

Involved in inmate care for more than 15 years, Susan R. DiGiovanni, M.D., completed her medical studies at VCU in 1984 and also received her internal medicine training and nephrology training at VCU Health System. She went on to receive further training in nephrology research at the National Institute of Health before returning to VCU in 1995 as faculty. Since 2010, she has been a member of the dean's office in the School of Medicine, working in curriculum. Since 2015, she has served as interim senior associate dean of Medical Education and Student Affairs.

Leading the telemedicine program at VCU Health is Tamara Broadnax, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. The telemedicine program at VCU is one of the nation's longest established telemedicine programs, which has conducted more than 45,000 patient visits since 1995. VCU Health also has one of the largest correctional telemedicine programs that provides specialty care consultative services to 35 Department of Corrections facilities across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Broadnax holds a bachelor's of science in human factors engineering from the United States Military Academy and a master's in nursing administration and leadership from VCU. She is pursuing a doctor of nursing practice at also VCU. She is board certified as a nurse executive, advanced. She has extensive telemedicine experience from the Department of Veterans of Affairs, where she earned a national certification as a clinical video master preceptor and managed remote home monitoring, clinical video and store and forward programs.


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