Six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan unveiled, the first of two medical clinics he has funded in his home town. The facility will offer care to Charlotte residents, including patients with little or no health insurance.
The dedication took place almost two years to the day since Jordan and Novant Health, announced his more than $7 million donation; to develop two comprehensive medical clinics that expand access to healthcare for children and adults in underserved and at-risk communities of Charlotte.
The newly-built medical clinic is located west of the Center City. Novant Health will deliver high-quality, affordable primary care and preventative care, including behavior health, physical therapy, social work, oral health and family planning.
Standing at the podium, an emotional Jordan, expressed his desire to make a tangible difference with his family and business partners in the long-view of improving the lives of local residents at-risk for generational poverty.
“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.
The clinic has been strategically placed in a neighborhood that is shown to have a high need for quality medical care. It is in close proximity to their patients’ neighborhoods, on a business corridor easily accessible via public transit and next door to the county’s department of social services.
“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,” said Jordan in a statement.
“The money doesn’t matter, the name really doesn’t matter,” said Jordan of his contribution. “It’s this commitment that I’ve partnered up with unbelievable partners, who see a need within this community, based on the stats that I’m pretty sure you guys have heard and read about, that are devastating to make an impact and to make a change.”
“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.