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

This month, the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will receive its healthcare services from a new company. VitalCore Health Strategies, based in Kansas, has been selected as the new medical provider for the facility, starting on May 19. The transition comes after Wellpath, the jail’s current medical provider, terminated its $10.66 million contract with the facility.

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, discussions are underway between VitalCore and the sheriff’s office.

Despite being chosen as the new healthcare provider for the Mecklenburg County Detention Center, VitalCore is currently facing legal challenges. The Delaware ACLU has filed a lawsuit against VitalCore, alleging substandard medical care in state prisons since 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, had 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. The sheriff’s office has not commented on the ongoing lawsuit against VitalCore in Delaware.

By Riley Johnson

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