Correctional Medical Services (CMS) Nurse Recognized as ABC’s “World News Tonight’s” Person of the Week

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Correctional Health Care Professional Honored for Overcoming Challenges to Help Patients

A licensed practical nurse working for Correctional Medical Services (CMS) has been recognized by ABC News as the “World News Tonight” Person of the Week. Quiana Childress, LPN, was recognized for overcoming homelessness and other challenges on her way to becoming a nurse. She currently provides care at an Arkansas prison where she is part of a team that addresses the medical needs of hundreds of inmate patients.

Childress grew up in Newport, Ark. but became homeless at the age of 16. While she continued going to school, she also began working as a certified nursing assistant. Later, she became a licensed practical nurse working in correctional medicine. Last week, Childress graduated from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff with a degree in biology. She also received an environmental health research grant from NASA. Now, she plans to attend medical school to become a physician. First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the young woman’s success during a commencement address at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff earlier this week.

“Quiana’s story is an extraordinary one and a testament to her hard work, dedication and skill,” said Richard H. Miles, President and CEO of CMS. “Her story also reflects the commitment thousands of correctional nurses show every day to their patients. We are extremely proud of our nursing staff and pleased that we could provide Quiana with an opportunity to care for patients.”

“First, I would like to thank the First Lady and the White House for allowing me to share my story and, I hope, inspire others,” said Quiana Childress. “Second, I appreciate very much the opportunity I have been given by Correctional Medical Services. The company and its people have been a blessing to me and my family over the past two years. In fact, CMS has become like family for me.”

About Correctional Medical Services, Inc (CMS)

Correctional Medical Services, Inc (CMS) is a nationwide leader in the provision of correctional healthcare services, offering a comprehensive suite of medical, dental, pharmacy and mental health services for the incarcerated population. For more information, visit the CMS Web site at

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