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Sheriff McFadden’s New Healthcare Partner for Mecklenburg County Detention Center Faces Legal Challenges

BySamantha Jones

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

In May, individuals incarcerated at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will receive their healthcare services from a new company, VitalCore Health Strategies. 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.

Although discussions are underway between the sheriff’s office and VitalCore to finalize the contract, Sheriff Garry McFadden expressed excitement about the new partnership. He stated that this collaboration represents a shared commitment to changing the culture and philosophy within the detention center.

However, VitalCore has been facing legal challenges in recent years. The Delaware ACLU filed a lawsuit against the company alleging substandard medical care in state prisons since they took over in July 2019. This lawsuit adds to a pattern of legal troubles for healthcare providers in correctional facilities across the country.

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 at this time.

Despite these challenges, Sheriff McFadden remains committed to improving healthcare services for those incarcerated at Mecklenburg County Detention Center through partnerships such as this one with VitalCore Health Strategies.

By Samantha Jones

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