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

Sheriff Garry McFadden expressed excitement about the new partnership with VitalCore Health Strategies, which will begin caring for individuals incarcerated at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center starting 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. The sheriff’s office spokesperson, Bradley Smith, confirmed that discussions are underway but no contract has been signed yet. Despite this, there are legal challenges facing VitalCore Health Strategies. 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.

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