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Michael Jordan spends $7 million to open clinic for low-income families & people with no medical insurance

Michael Jordan spends $7 million to open clinic for low-income families & people with no medical insurance

Michael Jordan spends $7 million to open clinic for low-income families & people with no medical insurance.
Michael Jordan spends $7 million to open clinic for low-income families & people with no medical insurance. Credit: Novant Health

His Airness proves again that he can fly, but this time it isn’t towards the rim, it’s into the hearts of residents in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Six-time NBA championship winner and Charlotte Hornets owner, Michael Jordan, announced the first of two medical clinics he has funded in his home town. The new clinic will offer medical care to Charlotte residents, including low-income, under-insured, and uninsured patients.

“When I heard Novant Health’s plan to bring not only primary care, but other needed services to the community, there was no doubt in my mind that this is where I wanted to help make an impact,” said Jordan.

On Thursday, at the opening of the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, Jordan gave an emotional speech.

“As you can see, it’s a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that’s supported me over the years,” he said with tears on his cheeks.

“When I heard Novant Health’s plan to bring not only primary care, but other needed services to the community, there was no doubt in my mind that this is where I wanted to help make an impact,” Jordan added.

Jordan committed $7 million to Novant Health to open two clinics in Charlotte. The donation came with a pledge to provide resources to communities with little or no health care.

The clinic will offer typical primary and preventative care, but will also provide patients with behavioral health and social support services.

The 6,800-square-foot facility is equipped with 12 exam rooms, an X-ray room and a physical therapy space. In addition, a full-time social worker is on staff to provide social support services to patients.

“This clinic will not only provide access to medical care for those who need it most, but it will connect them to resources to ensure their health extends beyond the doctor’s office,” said Carl Armato, CEO and president of Novant Health.

The clinic has been strategically placed in a neighborhood that is shown to have a high need for quality medical care.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to give back in this way, Jordan said.

“I believe that your ZIP code or neighborhood should not determine the quality of your health care – or whether or not you can even get care at all.” he added.

Michael Jordan spends $7 million to open clinic for low-income families & people with no medical insurance. Credit: Novant Health
Michael Jordan spends $7 million to open clinic for low-income families & people with no medical insurance. Credit: Novant Health

To serve the community’s needs, the clinic was constructed with significant input from community members. Through forums, meetings, and recruitment in the area, people in the neighborhood were given opportunities to weigh in on what they needed and wanted most from the clinic.

The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients can schedule appointments online, including same-day, or learn more about providers and available services online at nhmichaeljordanclinic.org.

Source Norvant Health


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