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

VitalCore Health Strategies Sues by ACLU over Substandard Medical Care in Mecklenburg County Detention Center

Delaware ACLU has filed a lawsuit against VitalCore Health Strategies, the new healthcare provider for the Mecklenburg County Detention Center, 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.

The transition to VitalCore Health Strategies 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.

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.

Wellpath has often settled lawsuits from families of individuals who suffered harm or died in North Carolina facilities, 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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