At Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc., 90 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 144 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 6.08. It was published on Jul 7, 2017. 4536 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
My work has special meaning: this is not "just a job".
Management has a clear view of where the organization is going and how to get there.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
Management is approachable, easy to talk with.

What They Do

We asked Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

ACH operates healthcare teams in a variety of correctional settings, including county jails, juvenile detention centers, mental health units, work release centers, and drug rehabilitation centers while leading with a higher standard of care for an underserved population. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Health Care
US Headquarters: Peoria, Illinois, 61615 US Sites: 301
Major Locations: Birmingham, Alabama, 35203; Racine, Wisconsin, 53403; Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 42240; Akron, Ohio, 44311; Springfield, Missouri, 65802; Monroe, Michigan, 48161; Franklin, Indiana, 46131; El Dorado, Kansas, 67042; Sioux City, Iowa, 51101; Jonesboro, Arkansas, 72401 US Employees: 691
US Revenues: $48.7 million Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 2002

ACH 15 Years Luncheon

Perks and Programs

We asked Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • ACH Family Cares Fund: The ACH Family Cares Fund provides financial assistance to an employee who has experienced a devastating life crisis. “That’s what families do… pull together to support each other when another family member experiences a crisis” stated Dr. Norman and Brenda Johnson. This assistance is typically a combination of individual donations from staff and Dr. and Mrs. Johnson. In the past year, the ACH Family Cares fund has given over $5,000.00 to employees in need.
  • DAISY Award: ACH is proud to announce that we are the first correctional healthcare provider to partner with the DAISY Foundation. The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 to recognize nurses “for the super-human work they do for their patients and families [of the patients] every day”. This award is currently recognized in over 2,400 healthcare facilities worldwide. Anyone can submit a nomination for the DAISY Award by filling out our nomination form and getting it to our corporate office. When a nurse is presented with the DAISY Award they will receive an award certificate, a DAISY pin, and the Healer’s Touch sculpture. They will also be featured on the DAISY Foundation’s website.
  • ACH Cares - St. Jude: St. Jude is our corporate charity since 2015. We support this incredible organization by offering fundraising opportunities at the corporate office such as Snacks for St. Jude, Paint it Forward, and our Jeans for St. Jude days where employees can have fun while giving to St. Jude. We also have options for off-site and corporate employees such as Walks/Runs, payroll deducted donations, and sales with popular products such as Stella and Dot, Pampered Chef, and Tastefully Simple where we have had representatives who were generous enough to donate their commission to St. Jude. These sales are a fun way to open the sense of giving to all employees, as well as their families and friends. Last year, we raised nearly $5,000 for St. Jude.
  • Training Program: ACH values continuous training. Because of this, we train through various means such as face to face, via the phone, through one on one sessions and group training sessions. We use manuals, videos, PowerPoints and are moving into offering training through an online system that will incorporate multiple ways to retain the attention of the employee and engage them in the learning process. Training topics are based on interests we see in the field as well as topics that are relevant to the current climate in the healthcare and corrections industries and correcting performance issues. Some training courses we offer allow staff to receive continuing education. We continuously see the value in helping them grow as individuals as well as an ACH team member.
  • Recognition Program: ACH genuinely cares for our employees as individuals. Peers give recognition receipts and certificates to each other. 5 receipts equals $5 from ACH and a certificate is presented in front of the organization. We hold Awards Nights three times per year where various awards are presented including Golden Stethoscope Awards to staff who have literally saved a life and Of the Year Awards (Perk6). This program is used to recognize various important events in our employee’s lives. Through cards and money, ACH recognizes events such has when an employee has a birthday, gets married, is in the hospital, has a baby, experiences a loss of a family member, or earns an educational degree. Furthermore, we celebrate Doctors' and Nurses' Day by sending cards to these professionals, too.
  • Of The Year Awards: ACH’s Particularly Important Goal award is given annually to an employee who reduces the most waste. The PIC award is based on employee nominations based on the definitions of the core values: problem solving, professionalism, integrity, commitment. The employee with the most nominations wins. Awards are given with 5 PTO days and a $6,000 net cash award. In total, these awards are valued at over $10,500 each plus time off. "Of the Year" awards are given to top performing employees. Eight departments present the awards which include 2 PTO days and a $1,500 net cash award. This program is continuing to grow. In 2017, ACH has added Nurse Trainer of the Year awards. These awards are valued at over $2,500 each plus time off.
  • HR Engagement and Communication: ACH has a committee that promotes interpersonal relations. In 2017 our focus has been to drive employee engagement. With over 800 employees working outside of the corporate office, we identified the need to connect with these employees. We have seen the most success by driving engagement through social media and contests. Many contests have fun prizes and are tied to corporate values to keep employees focused on our purpose and help connect them more deeply to the corporate culture. We continue to hold fun events on-site for our corporate office employees with informational meetings and games. Through our annual employee survey, we continue to request information on where we are doing things right as an employer and where we can make our employee’s lives easier.
  • Work/Life Balance: To promote a work/life balance, ACH offers our Employee Assistance Program, Alternative work schedule, flex scheduling, compressed work week, telecommuting, work from home, job sharing, phased retirement, bereavement days, personal days, vacation days, sick days, sabbaticals, a Volunteer Day, and PTO donation. PTO donation allows employees to help when a coworker is experiencing a crisis. Our leadership always has the door open in case an employee needs to discuss a personal or work concern. When ACH receives a new contract, retained employees at the site are credited with the seniority they have accumulated for the years they have been at that site; even though it was with a different company. This allows retained employees to accrue PTO at a higher rate based on their seniority.
  • Professional Development: ACH recognizes learning is never complete and that professional development spurs creativity. Therefore, ACH offers free training regularly for employees. Many times ACH will pay 100% of training/education/conferences expenses. We encourage employees to continue their education by reimbursing them for continuing education credits, classes to further their skills, licensure fees, and job related certifications. ACH will reimburse up to $1,500 per calendar year for qualifying employees. We offer CEUs at our tri-annual Medical Advisory Conferences and provide assistance for employees to attend multiple national and state-level programs. We offer eligible Practitioners 5 PTO days per year and up to $1,000 for approved CEU's of their choice. If an employee is unable to pay for their courses, ACH offers employee loans to assist.
  • Referral Program: Hiring employees that live our corporate culture is crucial to the success of ACH. Great, qualified employees make ACH look even better to clients and patients. Since our employees have a set of values aligned with our corporate culture, we figure they surround themselves with similar people. If an employee can refer a friend for an open position and that person is hired and stays for 30 days, we offer generous compensation up to $1,000 depending on the position being filled. This is a great way to promote sharing the positive aspects of working in corrections while engaging employees and having them share their pride for their company.


$46,704 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Licensed Practical Nurse $78,327 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Regional Nurse Manager
50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 6% of salary64% Company-paid health coverage for employees
64% Company-paid health coverage for dependents $1,200 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$1,500 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement
First DAISY Winner


23 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
6 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (25% use it)
  • Telecommute option (25% use it)
  • Job sharing (1% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (57% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (While our perks vary location to location based upon which facility an employee works within, many of our staff members are able/invited to: - receive free annual flu shots on site (or be reimbursed if they go off site), - attend a weekly social with free snacks and drinks, - attend luncheons 3x per year to communicate updates and encourage interdepartmental bonding and - attend on-site St. Jude fundraising events (such as snacks for purchase, Stella & Dot, Tastefully Simple parties, pampered chef parties, etc.))


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 31 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

8 hours Paid time off to volunteer $10,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
Yes Recycling program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees; Speakers of English as a second language; Employees reentering the workforce
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Golden Stethescope Winner


Training Presentation

How to Get Hired

We asked Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

ACH seeks employees that are professional (with patients, clients, and staff), have a high degree of integrity, are problem solvers and employees who are committed to the organization's purpose. Our employees are people who are empowered to do the right thing, driven by personal values that match the organization's and an understanding that patients in correctional facilities are someone's child, sibling, spouse, or parent. Our employees are not there to judge or make their patients’ lives harder. Our employees are there to make the management of our patients' medical and mental health concerns  easier.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

A prospective employee can attract our positive attention by being themselves in the interview process. We look for individuals who not only have the appropriate skills but who are a good fit for the culture of the facility for which they apply. If an applicant misrepresents themselves in an interview, they may choose to leave a position they are unhappy with due to a culture that was not the right fit for them. Our interview process is set up to place professional people into roles in which they will succeed.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Generally, positions with our new and existing clients include nurses, doctors, nurse practitioners, and mental health professionals. As our clientele continues to grow, we are committed to hiring the best clinical staff for an individual facility. Having correctional experience is definitely a plus, but not a requirement. Our qualified interviewing team looks for candidates to work both at our off site facilities and in our corporate office that demonstrate our core values.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Please visit to join our Talent Community, to learn more about ACH, or to apply for a specific job opening.  Also visit to see company and employee reviews.

hiring Outlook

439 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 32% Job Growth
5 Average applicants per opening 3,623 Total job applicants
10% New hires by employee referrals 23% Openings filled by current employees
12% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 20% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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