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

BySamantha Johnson

Apr 3, 2024
New health care provider to take over at Mecklenburg County jail following early contract termination

Next month, people incarcerated at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will receive their healthcare services from a new company. The company, VitalCore Health Strategies based in Kansas, will begin caring for individuals starting on May 19. This transition comes after Wellpath, the jail’s current medical provider, terminated its $10.66 million contract with the facility. VitalCore was chosen over five other companies that submitted proposals for the contract.

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, the sheriff’s office spokesperson, Bradley Smith, confirmed that discussions are underway.

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

By Samantha Johnson

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