The more than 900 members of ICE’s Health Service Corps oversee medical care for detainees at facilities nationwide. In many instances, the care that detainees receive while in ICE custody is the first professional medical care of their adult lives.
The ICE Health Service Corps serves as the medical authority for ICE on a wide range of medical issues, including the agency's comprehensive detainee health care program.
ICE Health Service Corps staff consists of more than 900 U.S. Public Health Service commissioned officers, federal civil servants and contract support staff.
ICE Health Service Corps provides direct care to approximately 15,000 detainees housed at 21 designated facilities throughout the nation. It oversees medical care provided to an additional 17,000 detainees housed at non-ICE Health Service Corps staffed detention facilities across the country. When necessary, it authorizes and pays for off-site specialty and emergency care, consultations and case management.
In order to continually upgrade the quality of medical services delivered, ICE Health Service Corps actively seeks accreditation by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the American Correctional Association. It also complies with the Performance Based National Detention Standards.
In many instances, the care that detainees receive while in ICE custody is the first professional medical care they have received, and it is common for detainee health screenings to identify chronic and serious health conditions that were previously undiagnosed.
ICE Health Service Corps also provides medical support during flight, tactical ground and sea operations through the Special Operations Unit. This unit consists of specially trained commissioned officers who, in addition to meeting the medical needs of detainees, serve as liaisons between law enforcement officials and other key stakeholders.
ICE Health Service Corps provides medical care and public health services to individuals in the custody of ICE.
Jon R. Krohmer, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. is the ICE ERO assistant director for ICE Health Service Corps. Prior to that, he was the senior medical officer on detail to ICE IHSC for the Office of Health Affairs (OHA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously, he was the principal deputy assistant secretary for OHA and DHS deputy chief medical officer. He began serving in that position with DHS in September 2006 and served as the acting assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer from August 2008 to August 2009.
Prior to his work at DHS, Dr. Krohmer was an attending physician and director of emergency medical services (EMS), emergency medicine residency and the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition, he was an associate professor of emergency medicine at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. He is the former EMS medical director of Kent County Emergency Medical Services and was the medical director for the West Michigan Metropolitan Medical Response System, the Kent County Medical Reserve Corps and the Michigan Region 6 Bioterrorism Preparedness Consortium. He has been active in local, regional, state and national domestic preparedness activities for many years.
Dr. Krohmer received his undergraduate degree at Ferris State College, School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Mich., and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Mich. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and was chief resident there from 1985 to 1986. Dr. Krohmer also completed a fellowship in EMS and research at Wright State University. He currently is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Krohmer has been active with both the American College of Emergency Physicians where he chaired the EMS Committee and the Trauma Care and Injury Control Committee, as well as the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians where he was president of the organization and chaired the EMS Committee. He has been associated with the National Association of EMS Physicians since 1986 and served as president of the organization. He is a founding member and a past president of Advocates for EMS. He is active in numerous other professional associations and is affiliated with several organizations.
Dr. Krohmer has received numerous awards and honors including the 1998 ACEP Outstanding Contribution in EMS Award, the 2000 MCEP Meritorious Service Award, the 2003 NAEMSP Ronald Stewart Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS and the Chevalier and Legion of Honor from the Order of DeMolay.