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Posted: January 01, 2004

UNTHSC AWARDED $47 MILLION FEDERAL CONTRACT


The Federal Bureau of Prisons has awarded a five-year contract to the University of North Texas Health Science Center to provide comprehensive medical services to the 1,500 inmates housed at the Federal Medical Center -- Fort Worth.

This is the third time UNT Health Science Center has been awarded the competitive contract. Since 1993, the academic medical center has provided medical, dental, and mental health care services to FMC-FW.

"Our partnership with the federal government has been a good one, and we look forward to continuing to provide excellent service to the inmates at the Fort Worth facility,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the health science center.

The prison employs a variety of health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, and pharmacists, to provide medical, dental, and mental health care to its inmates. FMC Fort Worth provides chronic care and skilled nursing services for male Federal inmates designated to the facility.

Specialty services, both inpatient and outpatient, are provided through UNT Health Science Center’s contract with FMC Fort Worth. UNT Health Science Center also provides on-site specialty clinics at FMC Fort Worth, including a variety of surgical and internal medicine specialties.

Rep. Kay Granger, who represents Fort Worth, lauded the contract being awarded again to the health science center. "Keeping contracts within our community is so important for our local economy," she said. "The contract between FMC and UNT Health Science Center saves taxpayer dollars and keeps skilled professionals in our area."

Federal Medical Center-Fort Worth is one of seven medical referral center facilities in the United States operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. FMC Fort Worth currently houses 1,500 male inmates. More than half of the prison's population was sent to FMC Fort Worth for chronic or specialty health care.

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