News Story

 

Ventura County Jail Healthcare Veteran Retires
1/25/2018 12:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Ventura County Jail Healthcare Veteran Retires

Location:

Todd Road Jail, 600 Todd Road Santa Paula, Ca. 93060

Date & Time:

Jan. 26, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura Sheriff's Office

Narrative:

Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Todd Road Jail, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office will celebrate the career and retirement of Nicoleta Weeks, the jail's healthcare program manager for the past 18 years. As part of the celebration, a $20,000 donation will be made in Weeks' honor, by the California Forensic Medical Group, Weeks' employer, to HELP of Ojai for relief efforts related to the Thomas Fire, floods and mudslides.

"It is a bittersweet day to say goodbye to such an amazing local hero like Nicoleta," said Sheriff Geoff Dean. "Her skill, loyalty, caring and dedication to the wellbeing of her patients, as well as her community, are second to none. Congratulations on an amazing career, and we wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life."

As program manager of the Ventura County Jail, Weeks has run the facility's medical and mental healthcare for approximately 29,000 inmates each year.

"The minute I walked in, I knew this would be the place I would retire from," said Weeks. "I can't believe 18 years later I was right. I'll miss the endless professional challenges, the ability to help our patients, and, of course, the privilege to work side by side with these wonderful people on our team, and at the Sheriff's Office." Among her many accomplishments during her tenure, Weeks is especially proud of her success in improving partnerships with community programs such as County Behavioral Health.

A political refugee from Romania, Nicoleta came to the United States as a computer programmer, but ultimately went to nursing school to pursue her dream of helping people. When asked what advice she would give to her colleagues and team, she stated, "For me, it comes back to our company motto. If you 'always do the right thing,' everything else will fall into place."

The HELP of Ojai donation in Weeks' honor will be made by CFMG's Social Responsibility Program designed to support individuals and communities in need. "It is our absolute pleasure to honor Nicoleta on such a glorious career," said Kip Hallman, CEO of CFMG. "And, we are so

happy to help the residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara in her name."

About HELP of Ojai

HELP of Ojai has served the 80 sq. miles of the Ojai Valley since 1973. Their mission is to combine individual and community resources to meet the identified, unmet basic human needs of Ojai Valley residents. Most recently, their Thomas Fire work is focused on assisting those in our valley impacted by the fire through emergency funds, food, clothing, household goods and temporary housing. Their ongoing work focuses on individual case management and permanent housing solutions. For more or to donate www.helpofojai.org.

About CFMG

For 34 years, CFMG has been a leader in correctional medical and mental healthcare in California. CFMG's parent company, CMGC provides correctional medical and mental healthcare services in over 100 county jails, in 8 states, providing care to approximately 25,000 inmates daily. For more www.cmgcos.com.

Prepared by:

Sgt. Eric Buschow / Craig Diamond, CFMG

News Release Date:

Jan. 23, 2018

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129

eric.buschow@ventura.org

Approved by:

Sheriff Geoff Dean