Quality Health Care for County Correctional Facilities


As a member of the Correctional Medical Group Companies, Southwest Correctional Medical Group benefits from CMGC’s seasoned team of healthcare services professionals.

Southwest Correctional Medical Group’s local team understands what it takes to deliver quality, cost-effective correctional healthcare to counties in the Southwestern US. We are 100% committed to providing local healthcare under local leadership.

Meet the CMGC Executive Team »


Corporate Leadership

Kip Hallman, Chief Executive Officer
Correctional Medical Group Companies

Kip is responsible for CMGC’s overall strategic direction, including expanding CMGC’s business into additional markets and services of interest to our customers. Kip has more than 30 years of diverse experience, including co-founding and growing a large national healthcare services company and leading the turnaround of a national diagnostic imaging provider. Kip’s passion is leading teams to achieve great results for our people and our customers.

Dr. Taylor Fithian, MD

Dr. Fithian, one of our founders, is Board certified in Psychiatry and Board eligible in Emergency Medicine. He is responsible for ensuring the quality of our psychiatric services and oversees the ongoing development and enhancement of our behavioral healthcare programs.

Rick Hambrick
Chief Technology Officer

Rick brings 15 years of provider side healthcare technology experience. Rick was previously CIO of Leidos Health, a national healthcare implementation and technology services firm, and has held healthcare technology leadership positions for 15 years. Rick has also led the implementation of large EMR programs, as well as bringing new technology into healthcare operations. Rick brings a vision of technology that focuses on outcomes and delivery, by applying the right technology in the right places. Rick has technical specialty within the data and analysis arena, as well as Data Science and web application development.

Dr. Raymond Herr, MD
Chief Medical Officer and President, California Forensic Medical Group

Dr. Herr is responsible for overseeing the delivery of medical, mental health and dental care in all facilities, including standards of medical care and utilization review. Dr. Herr has more than 20 years of experience in correctional medicine, and has been licensed to practice medicine in 18 states over that time period.

Cindy Watson
Chief Operating Officer

Cindy has responsibility for overseeing all operations. She coordinates the start-up of all new contracts, oversees accreditation processes for both adult and juvenile correctional health care programs, and oversees the development of all personnel and operational policies and procedures. Cindy also oversees nursing quality management and training, recruitment, contract liaison, and marketing.

Benjamin Rice
General Counsel

Benjamin Rice serves as the General Counsel for the Correctional Medical Group Companies.  Mr. Rice previously served California Governors Jerry Brown and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Senior Legal Policy Advisor and General Counsel for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for eight years.  Prior to that appointment, Mr. Rice served as a deputy legal affairs secretary in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for two years.  Previously, Mr. Rice worked as Deputy Attorney General in the California Department of Justice from 2003 to 2006.  In that capacity, he represented CDCR and the Governor in federal habeas actions as well as section 1983 civil rights cases including as lead counsel in three class action cases.

Elaine Hustedt
Executive Advisor

Elaine is a co-founder of CFMG and has over 32 years of experience in providing unmatched service to California county jails and detention centers.

Cynthia Bekdache, SPHR
Director of Human Resources

Cynthia “Cindy” Bekdache is responsible for overall human resources processes and strategies for CMGC.  Cindy has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources leadership roles, including more than 15 years in healthcare human resources.   Cindy also is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Briana Elvaiah
VP Finance


Craig Diamond
VP Marketing

Craig brings over 25 years of creative marketing and branding expertise to the CMGC team. In his role, he provides leadership in the areas of marketing, branding, sales and management. Day to day, Craig oversees all aspects of external communications to support sales and business development and recruiting. In addition he drives all internal communications with CMGC’s nearly two thousand employees. Prior to CMGC, Craig was Head of Marketing at Telmate, an industry leader in inmate communications.

Field Leadership

Patrick Turner
Director of Business Development
Territories: Rocky Mountain States, Nevada, Arizona

Patrick has worked in the corrections industry since 1987. During that time he planned, directed and controlled sales efforts for nine western states, directed corporate financial and operational resources towards growth goals, and developed and maintained governmental/political relationships. His current responsibilities as Director of Business Development include guiding CFMG though a historic new period of methodical and responsible growth inside and outside the state of California. He also works closely with our Corporate, Regional and onsite management teams to effectively implement and operate the contract. He maintains regular communication with our clients to understand and meet their needs.

Throughout those years, he has developed a personal relationship with each and every one of his client family and works tirelessly to understand the issues unique to each and every facility. Though he has worked extensively in both state and county facilities, his comfort level is at the local county level. He is and active member of the Sheriffs Association in the states of California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Arizona and worked diligently through these organizations to overcome the challenges and capitalize on solutions distinctive to each state.

James Roemmich, RN, BSN, MBA, GCEC
Regional Vice President Operations (interim)

James has been in the medical profession his entire adult life. He has had the opportunity to work in and for multiple hospital and medical facilities all over the state of California and Oregon, and most recently in Texas and New Mexico as well. He has managed teams and led groups of staff and/or managers in leadership roles for a majority of his 25 years in the medical field. James came to Correctional Medicine with CFMG in January of 2013 as a Program Manager for one of our Northern California counties and has assisted in multi-county oversight since October of 2015.  He has been the Director of Operations for 10 counties in California and Oregon with CFMG, and most recently the Regional Vice President of Operations for our SWCMG counties in Texas and New Mexico. He has recruited, hired, and trained new personnel, mentored staff, and assisted in conducting the daily operations of the facilities for which he serves.  James understands the importance that continuous quality auditing and the reliable reporting of statistical information bring to our management teams and customers as well as how this information assists in a variety of different county, state, and national jail inspections. James was promoted to interim Regional Vice President of Operations in August of 2017 and thoroughly enjoys the multi-county oversight in Texas and New Mexico. He works tirelessly to understand the issues and challenges that his teams face and strives to participate with his county leaders as well as the corporate executive team toward stability and growth for the organization he is so proud to be a part of.

Laura Busbin, LPN, CCHP
Director of Business Development

With over 13 years of nursing experience in corrections, Laura brings a one-of-a-kind approach to her work as Director of Business Development. The secret to her success, is her “boots on the ground” experience, strong intuition and the ability to sense the client’s true needs and satisfaction levels. Laura works closely with sales and marketing efforts in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana. In addition, she has worked extensively with the operations teams with policy compliance, continuous quality improvement (CQI), and continuing education. She also regularly assists in new client startups, accreditation, and customer satisfaction.

Laura graduated Summa Cum Laude over 15 years ago in Practical Nursing and has nursing experience in various areas including public health. For the past 13 years, she has specialized specifically in corrections, working with a range of large and small jails and county prisons. She has worked closely with different facilities during Department of Justice, American Correctional Associations, and National Commission Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) audits and accreditations. As a Certified Correctional Health Care Professional through the NCCHC, she is very passionate and dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Laura is also a certified instructor in Basic First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, and CPR PRO/AED with the Health and Safety Institute Training Center.