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New Healthcare Provider for Mecklenburg County Jail Faces Legal Challenges in Delaware, Ongoing Lawsuit against Former Provider Continues

BySamantha Jones

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

The Mecklenburg County Detention Center has announced that it will begin receiving healthcare services from a new company, VitalCore Health Strategies, starting May 19. This change comes after the jail’s current medical provider, Wellpath, 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, stating 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 the sheriff’s office and VitalCore.

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

In addition to this lawsuit, there is also an ongoing investigation by The Charlotte Observer that reports 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 this ongoing lawsuit against VitalCore in Delaware.

By Samantha Jones

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