In May, the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will have a new healthcare provider. Kansas-based VitalCore Health Strategies has been chosen to care for individuals at the facility, replacing current provider Wellpath. The transition comes after Wellpath terminated its $10.66 million contract with the facility.

Despite ongoing talks, the contract has not yet been signed. However, Sheriff Garry McFadden expressed excitement about the new partnership with VitalCore Health Strategies. He stated that this cooperation represents a joint commitment to change the culture and philosophy in the detention center.

While VitalCore is facing legal challenges, it is currently selected as the new healthcare provider for the Mecklenburg County Detention Center. The ACLU of Delaware filed a lawsuit against VitalCore, alleging substandard medical care at state prisons since the company took control in July. This lawsuit adds to a pattern of legal problems for correctional health care providers.

In a previous investigation by the Charlotte Observer, it was reported that Velpat, a former prison health worker, has a history of being sued by families of individuals who have suffered harm or died at North Carolina facilities. Wellpath often settled these lawsuits as evidenced by state and federal court records. The sheriff’s office has not commented on the pending lawsuit against VitalCore in Delaware.

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