MADISON (WKOW) — The Dane County Sheriff’s Office explains health care procedures at the jail after recent criticism over an inmate’s medical treatment.
According to DCSO spokeswoman Elise Schaffer, a private company called Wellpath provides medical services at the prison.
“Wellpath is founded on providing excellent patient care and operates in accordance with national standards to build a culture of safety and quality healthcare services,” Schaffer said in a press release.
The sheriff’s office says that when a person in custody is hospitalized, it is up to hospital staff to release that person and that “this is in no way influenced by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.” . Schaffer says the decision to admit someone to a hospital is also up to the hospital’s healthcare professionals.
Schaffer says Wellpath staff are contacting local hospitals after a patient is discharged from hospital and taken to jail.
This statement follows claims by Quadren Wilson’s lawyerSteve Eisenberg, who told 27 News on Wednesday he believed his client was not getting the medical attention he needed.
Eisenberg said Wilson, who was shot by law enforcement during a Feb. 3 arrest, is in “excruciating pain” and apparently will not receive necessary medical treatment.
According to Eisenberg, Wilson asked to see a nurse at 3 p.m. on February 16 and still had not received treatment by 5:30 p.m. that day. Wilson’s family members pleaded for him to be hospitalized rather than in Dane County Jail.
Wellpath, formerly known as Correct Care Solutions, has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureauwith contracts to provide care to prisoners across the country.
However, Wellpath has seen allegations of abuse in the past, including one 2016 Washington case when the company was ordered to pay $4.5 million in damages to the family of an inmate who died after not drinking for four days.