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

VitalCore Health Strategies, a company from Kansas, has been selected as the new healthcare provider for the Mecklenburg County Detention Center. The transition will begin on May 19, after Wellpath, the current medical provider, terminated its contract with the facility. This change comes after a competitive bidding process that saw five other companies submit proposals.

Sheriff Garry McFadden expressed excitement about the new partnership with VitalCore. 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.

However, VitalCore is currently facing legal challenges in Delaware. The Delaware ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging substandard medical care in the state’s 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. The sheriff’s office has not commented on the ongoing lawsuit against VitalCore in Delaware.

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