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UMass Medical School to manage health care at N.C. federal prison

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has awarded the University of Massachusetts Medical School a contract to manage comprehensive medical services to about 4,900 inmates at the Federal Medical Center located in Butner, N.C., UMass Medical School said.

The agreement, valued at $24.7 million for the first year, represents its largest federal correctional health contract to date, the Worcester school said.

The contract also has options for four additional years that could increase the overall award to more than $136 million through 2016, the school said.

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The school considers itself a leader in correctional health; it has also provided comprehensive health services for the past 12 years at the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ medical facility in Devens. The school said it also has a long track record of providing care at 17 state-run prisons in Massachusetts, serving the health needs of 11,500 inmates.

Chris Reidy