April 23, 2024 2:55 pm
New health care provider to take over at Mecklenburg County jail following early contract termination

In May, the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will receive new healthcare services from VitalCore Health Strategies, a company based in Kansas. This change comes after Wellpath, the facility’s current medical provider, terminated its $10.66 million contract with the center. VitalCore was selected over five other companies that submitted proposals for the contract.

Sheriff Garry McFadden expressed excitement about the partnership with VitalCore Health Strategies, stating that it represents a shared commitment to changing the culture and philosophy within the detention center. Although no contract has been signed yet, discussions are underway.

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

In a previous investigation by The Charlotte Observer, it was reported that Wellpath 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 did not comment on the ongoing lawsuit against VitalCore in Delaware.

Despite these challenges, Sheriff McFadden remains optimistic about the new partnership with VitalCore Health Strategies and believes that it will lead to improved healthcare services for those incarcerated at Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

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