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In the coming month, individuals incarcerated at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will receive their healthcare services from a new provider. VitalCore Health Strategies, based in Kansas, has been selected to begin caring for individuals on May 19 after Wellpath, the jail’s current medical provider, terminated its $10.66 million contract with the facility. The transition comes after a competitive bidding process where 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. He stated that this collaboration represents a shared commitment to improving healthcare services and changing the culture within the detention center. Although a contract has not been signed yet, McFadden confirmed that discussions are underway to finalize the agreement.

However, while VitalCore has been selected as the new healthcare provider for Mecklenburg County Detention Center, legal challenges loom ahead of them. The Delaware ACLU has filed a lawsuit against VitalCore alleging substandard medical care in state prisons since they took over in July 2020. This lawsuit adds to a pattern of legal troubles for healthcare providers in correctional facilities across the country.

In addition to this ongoing lawsuit in Delaware, there is also a history of lawsuits filed against Wellpath, who were previously employed by Mecklenburg County Detention Center as their medical provider. These lawsuits allege harm or death suffered by individuals in North Carolina facilities due to substandard care provided by Wellpath and their eventual settlements highlight their track record of legal issues involving patient care in correctional settings.

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