Armor’s leadership team come from diverse backgrounds including managed care, community medical networks, mental health, state and local correctional agencies, and specialized health care management. They bring to correctional health care a philosophy that is both broadly grounded in community health systems and highly sensitive to cost and quality demands of correctional clients.
Jose Armas, MD
Dr. Armas has an extensive and distinguished record of accomplishments in the health care field. In April 1998, he founded MCCI Group (MCCI) which has grown to be a leading physician healthcare group. His executive management experience includes responsibility for financial and operational performance, all aspects of health care delivery systems, network development, and contracting. Dr. Armas is also accountable for managing resources and maintaining a high level in the quality of care and service within the organization.
Dr. Armas currently serves as Chairman of MCCI and was previously an Associate Medical Director of Humana Health Plan, Inc. He formerly served as Senior Vice President of Coastal Physician Group, where he was responsible for all aspects of health care delivery systems, integration, and contracting for 40,000 Medicare members and 25,000 commercial members.
Dr. Armas is a member of the National Advisory Board of Health Research Resources, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland. He is also Chairman of Quality Management for Gold Star Medical Management. He is a member of the Humana Utilization Committee, the Board of Statewide Florida Independent Physicians Association, the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, and the American College of Physician Executives. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and as an Associate Professor and member of the Interview Committee of Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and on the Advisory Board for the School of Nursing and Healthcare of Georgetown University.
Dr. Armas graduated with Honors from Universidad Católica, Madre Maestra, Medical Doctorate. He also completed post- graduate training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach and St. Barnabas Hospital in New York.
Kenneth Palombo, JD
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Palombo’s career began in 1983. His work spans the legal, health care and religious non-profit sectors. He has been involved with healthcare since 1991 and his career has been dedicated to correctional services since 2000. He served for six years at Prison Health Services, Inc. as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Vice President, Business Development and Marketing. As counsel to insurance corporations, he specialized in risk management and health services risk reduction. His correctional experience includes management of contract compliance, as well as business development.
While with Prison Health Services, he worked with a number of state correctional systems focusing on business development, contract compliance, and operations. He has practiced law early in his career and continues to be a licensed attorney in Tennessee and Florida.
Mr. Palombo earned a B.S. in political science and cinematic arts in 1988 from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the University of Tennessee. His distinguished professional career includes work at the law firm of Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton; mediator/specialist for the State of Tennessee’s Division of Workers’ Compensation and legal counsel for the American General Life and Accident Insurance Company.
Timothy E. Hughes, MD, FACS
Chief Medical Officer
Timothy E. Hughes, MD, FACS serves as Armor’s Chief Medical Officer. In this capacity, Dr. Hughes is responsible for all aspects of clinical care in the oversight of clinical site operations in both the Jail and State DOC contracts as well as the medical staff providing this care. He creates and edits Clinical Guidelines as needed to assist Armor’s medical providers in providing the best in cost-effective, evidence based medicine and remaining within standards as defied by Armor and accreditation organizations such as the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) and the American Corrections Association (ACA). Dr. Hughes is an active member of Armor’s Senior Leadership Team as well as several committees: Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Credentialing, Quality Improvement and Utilization Management. With several years’ experience in correctional medicine management, Dr. Hughes is a strong advocate for the inmate patients Armor serves, the Armor medical staff and our law enforcement partners.
Coming from a strong military family upbringing, Dr. Hughes graduated with several honors from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and completed his Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, again with honors. He is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Hughes has additional training through the American College of Physician Executives in physician management and administration. He has served as a Senior Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and also serves as Department/Tactical Surgeon for the Mobile County (AL) Sheriff’s Office. Dr. Hughes is a member of the NCCHC, American College of Correctional Physicians, National Sheriff’s Association and Florida Sheriff’s Association.
Dana Tatum, PhD
Chief Behavioral Health Officer
Dr. Tatum has over five years’ experience as the U. S. South Eastern Regional Director of Mental Health Services in correctional healthcare and as Director of Health Care Operations for the Gwinnett County Detention Center. His duties included the implementation and supervision of mental health care for inmates throughout much of the United States. From 1997-2001, Dr. Tatum was the Director of Mental Health Services for the Gwinnett County Detention Center and Sheriff’s Department. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the first in-patient psychiatric (special management unit) in a direct supervision jail in the Southeastern United States.
Dr. Tatum has trained hundreds of police officers, deputies, correctional officers, and medical and mental health professionals in forensic mental health issues, abnormal psychology, crisis intervention with the mentally ill and hostage negotiation throughout the United States over the past 13 years. This training has included teaching at the National Sheriff’s Association National Convention 2007 and 2014; the national convention of the National Council on Correctional Health Care 2008, 2010, 2012; the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives 2009; the Oregon Jailors Association annual convention 2007; the Georgia Jailors Association annual convention 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010; and the national convention of the American Corrections Association 2012. Dr. Tatum has also been an instructor for the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team program throughout the state of Georgia.
This training has included teaching at the National Sheriff’s Association National Convention 2007; the national convention of the National Council on Correctional Health Care 2008, 2011; the national convention of the American Corrections Association 2011; the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives 2009; the Oregon Jailors Association annual convention 2007; and the Georgia Jailors Association annual convention 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2010; as well as Police and Sheriff’s academies throughout the Southeastern United States. Dr. Tatum is also an instructor for the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) program throughout the state of Georgia. C.I.T. training is sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Department of Human Resources and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Dr. Tatum holds Master and Doctorate degrees in Psychology and Counseling and has completed Post Doctorate training in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. He completed internships at the Highland Institute for Behavioral Change and Laurel Heights Hospital, both in Atlanta Georgia. The Highland Institute is one of the leading institutions in the treatment and clinical study of court ordered sexual predators in the Southeast. While at Laurel Heights Hospital, Dr. Tatum worked as a Behavior Specialist on the adolescent sex offender unit ,which at that time was one of only four such units for adolescent sexual offenders in the United States.
In 2000, Dr. Tatum received Behavioral Sciences Analysis ,Hostage Negotiation/ Crisis Intervention training with the F.B.I. through the sponsorship of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department. Currently Dr. Tatum remains as the trainer and psychological advisor to the Gwinnett County Police, S.W.A.T. / Hostage Negotiation Team; the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department’s S.W.A.T./Hostage Negotiation Team; and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department Detention Center C.E.R.T.,;all of which are located in Metro Atlanta Georgia.
Gina Jules, PharmD, CCHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Dr. Gina Jules received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University, College of Pharmacy. She also completed a post graduate ASHP-accredited residency program in Managed Care. Prior to joining Armor, Dr. Jules served as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Drug Information Coordinator at the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In addition, she has held positions as a local Pharmacy Operations Manager for a national community-based pharmacy provider and as an independent Consultant Pharmacist. Her extensive professional experience gives her a strong background in medication utilization management, medication therapy management, cost initiative implementations, formulary management, educational in-services, clinical monitoring and algorithms, drug information, literature evaluations, drug monographs, client relations, patient care and quality assurance.
As Chief Pharmacy Officer, Dr. Jules oversees the clinical pharmacy operations to ensure cost-effective utilization of pharmaceuticals while optimizing patient care. Her professional experience affords her the knowledge and understanding of clinical and financial outcomes within correctional institutions. She serves as chair of the Corporate Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and member of the Corporate Clinical Executive Committee alongside her colleagues to ensure quality patient care. She had the opportunity to present at various conferences such as the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and NCCHC National and Leadership Conferences.
Dr. Jules is committed to providing optimal quality patient care for patients while promoting client-centered management through cost-effective healthcare in correctional facilities.
Robert Burton, MBA
Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer
Mr. Burton joined Armor in 2005 as a management consultant to the company and has also held the position of Chief Operating Officer which makes him well acquainted with all of Armor’s management systems.
Prior to joining Armor, Mr. Burton received his B.S. in Accounting from Murray State University and his MBA in Health Care Administration from Cornell University. He has had over 45 years of health care management experience in senior executive positions over hospital and specialty health care organizations, specializing in management and reporting systems for multi-site health care operations.
His hospital management career has included administrative responsibilities at several prominent South Florida health systems including the North Broward Hospital District, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, and Jackson Health System.
Mr. Burton’s career also includes leadership in statewide and local health planning initiatives, serving in CEO and management positions in both Dade and Broward County health care organizations. In 1979, he organized a private company to provide management services to the State of Florida at South Florida State Hospital, Northeast Florida State Hospital and the Florida DOC prison hospital.