New health care provider to take over at Mecklenburg County jail following early contract termination

Change in Healthcare Provider at Mecklenburg County Detention Center: VitalCore Health Strategies Takes Over on May 19

In May, the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will receive its healthcare services from a new provider. VitalCore Health Strategies, based in Kansas, has been selected to care for individuals starting on May 19. This change comes after Wellpath, the current medical provider, terminated its $10.66 million contract with the facility. Out of six companies that submitted proposals for the contract, VitalCore was chosen.

Sheriff Garry McFadden expressed excitement about the new partnership with VitalCore Health Strategies. He stated that this collaboration represents a shared commitment to changing the culture and philosophy within the detention center. Although a contract has not been signed yet, McFadden’s office spokesperson Bradley Smith confirmed that discussions are underway.

However, VitalCore is currently facing legal challenges in Delaware. The Delaware ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging substandard medical care in state prisons since it took over in July. This lawsuit adds to a pattern of legal troubles for healthcare providers in correctional facilities.

In a previous investigation by The Charlotte Observer, it was reported that Wellpath, the jail’s former medical provider, has a history of lawsuits from families of individuals who suffered harm or died in North Carolina facilities. Wellpath has often settled these lawsuits as evidenced by state and federal court records. McFadden’s office has not commented on the ongoing lawsuit against VitalCore in Delaware.

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