The San Diego County Sheriff's Detention Services Bureau, which includes Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee, has a new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Alfred Joshua is replacing Dr. Earl Goldstein who retired last year.
Dr. Joshua is board certified in emergency medicine. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Syracuse. He completed his medical internship at Scripps Mercy hospital and residency at UC San Diego where he also completed a two year hospital administrative fellowship. Dr. Joshua also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from University of California, Irvine. He has served as Senior Medical Officer, Healthcare Reform at Tri‐City hospital and Medical Director for Volunteers of America. He has received numerous awards for educational excellence and has authored papers on administration, reducing wait times in emergency rooms and substance abuse.
"We are very pleased to have Dr. Joshua join the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. His extensive knowledge and experience in emergency medical services management will help in the care and coordination of services to inmates in county jails," said Sheriff Bill Gore.
The Sheriff's Medical Services Division provides medical and mental health services to inmates in the county's seven jails and has an annual budget of more than $66 million. Inmates receive medical services which include a medical exam, HIV, orthopedics, dental, dialysis, inpatient hospitalizations, outpatient specialty referrals, as well as radiology and lab services by contracted providers.
Dr. Joshua will oversee 297 nurses, pharmacists, technicians, mental health clinicians and administrative staff. He will work in partnership with the community and provide healthcare with respect and dignity.
"I am very fortunate to be surrounded by a talented leadership team and medical staff," said Dr. Joshua. "My goal is to continue to provide high quality, innovative and cost effective care to inmates in San Diego County."
A Sheriff's Department press release contributed to this post.