New health care provider selected for Mecklenburg County jail following early contract termination

New Medical Care Provider Promises to Transform Mecklenburg County Detention Center’s Healthcare Culture

From May 19th, individuals detained at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will receive healthcare services from a new company. VitalCore Health Strategies, based in Kansas, will take over this responsibility following the termination of the current medical provider, Wellpath. The sheriff expressed his enthusiasm for the new partnership with VitalCore, stating that both parties share a commitment to changing the culture and philosophy within the detention center.

Despite their legal challenges in federal court in Delaware, where they have been accused of providing substandard medical care in the state’s prison system, VitalCore was selected from among five other companies that submitted proposals. Although a contract has not yet been finalized, the transition is expected to take place seamlessly. However, issues related to healthcare providers in jail and prison settings are not uncommon.

Wellpath, who previously provided medical care at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center, has a history of legal troubles in North Carolina facilities, often resulting in settlements with families of individuals who suffered harm or died under their care. Despite these challenges, Sheriff Garry McFadden has not commented on the pending lawsuit against VitalCore in Delaware.

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