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Care Jordan: Hornets owner's $7M gift to westside health clinic
Novant Health opens facility at Freedom Drive
Published Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:56 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, center, donated $7 million to Novant Health for a medical clinic on Freedom Drive.

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Michael Jordan’s philanthropy is designed extend beyond a lifetime.  

The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic held its grand opening today at 3149 Freedom Drive, the culmination of a $7 million gift in 2017 from the Charlotte Hornets owner and North Carolina native to fund the land purchase and construction of the 6,800-square foot facility. It consists of 12 exam rooms, X-ray room and an area for physical therapy. Funding also allowed for a second site off Statesville Avenue. The Freedom Drive clinic, which has been open for three weeks, has been visited by more than 300 patients.

“We’ve set the blueprint, that is going to outlive us all,” said Jordan said, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. “The money doesn’t matter. It’s the heart and the support.”

Jordan emphasized that while his name is on the building, it symbolizes more than just his impact.

“You see my name, but yet you see a lot of people behind me, and the commitment, especially from my mom [Deloris Jordan] about caring for other people,and being a part of a community that matters,” he said.

Jordan touched on a conversation with Novant Health President and CEO Carl Armato, that the needs of the city would extend beyond what one clinic can provide.

“This is just the start of the battle, of being able to touch as many as we can, and grow this project,” he said.

Jordan and the Hornets organization have donated nearly $750,000 to the Novant Health Community Care Cruiser. The mobile clinic provides vaccinations to underserved children.

“Twenty thousand children have been immunized, 20,000, in the Community Care Cruiser,” Armato said. “Ten thousand children have gotten free primary visits. You hear those numbers and you say, ‘wow, that’s great,’ but I want you to think about the one kid who got their immunization and was able to go to school in a timely manner. In public school, that matters. One kid, who was able to get a physical so they could actually be on the local basketball team…that matters, and what we’ve done just in that example, is give children a healthy first start.”

Novant Health and the Mecklenburg County Health Department collaborated on a Health Needs Assessment, which identified west Charlotte as an area with high priority public health concerns. The clinic is designed to identify and treat socioeconomic barriers to creating and sustaining a healthy community.

“Communities where 22 percent of the adults said they did not have a regular source of healthcare—20 percent reported they couldn’t afford any healthcare,” Novant Health’s Dr. Michael Hoben said. “One in four residents have at least one chronic disease, and one-in-five have more than two. Communities where we have 157,000 people diagnosed with depression, yet they don’t have access to help or any care at all. So we at Novant Health knew we needed to do more, and when Michael reached out to us, looking to make an impact in the community this felt like a perfect partnership to create this model and bring it here to Charlotte.”

Clinic hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Appointments can be scheduled online, and walk-ins are welcome.
For more information call: (980) 302-9405
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