Mecklenburg County Jail to Receive New Health Care Provider After Contract Ends Early

People imprisoned at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center will receive their health care from a new company next month.

VitalCore Health Strategies, based in Kansas, will care for patients starting May 19, the sheriff’s office announced in a news release Monday. The prison’s current medical provider, Wellpath, recently finished a $10.66 million contract to work at the prison.

VitalCore won against five other companies that submitted proposals, according to the press release.

“We are excited to embark on this relationship with VitalCore Health Strategies,” Sheriff Garry McFadden said in a statement. “This collaboration is a shared partnership. VitalCore CEO Viola Riggin shares our passion for changing the culture and philosophy within our detention center.

No contracts have been signed yet, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bradley Smith said in an email Tuesday.

VitalCore is in progress for follow-up in federal court by the ACLU of Delaware. A court complaint alleges staff have provided poor medical care in the state’s prisons since July, when they took office there.

It is not uncommon for health care providers in jails and prisons to find themselves in legal trouble.

In February, the Charlotte Observer reported how Wellpath had a story of prosecution by the families of those who died or were injured in North Carolina facilities. Wellpath often ends these lawsuits by settling them, the Observer found by reviewing state and federal court records.

The sheriff’s office did not respond to a request for comment on VitalCore’s Delaware lawsuit.

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