|Michael Jordan donates $10 million to open Novant Health clinics|
|Gift will build two facilities in Wilmington|
|Published Monday, February 15, 2021 11:00 am|
|COURTESY NOVANT HEALTH|
|Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan donated $10 million to Novant Health to open a pair of medical clinics in Wilmington, his hometown. Jordan previously donated $7 million to open a pair of Novant clinics in Charlotte.|
The basketball great and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $10 million to Novant Health to open two medical clinics in Wilmington, where he grew up. The clinics are scheduled to open in early 2022.
Novant Health has two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte designed to reach underserved communities with primary care services, including behavior health and social support services. Jordan, whose $7 million in 2017 helped fund clinics on Freedom Drive and Statesville Avenue, has donated a total of $17 million to date for Novant Health clinics. The Wilmington clinics will be based on a similar model while serving more rural and rural-adjacent communities and those who are uninsured and underinsured.
“I am very proud to once again partner with Novant Health to expand the Family Clinic model to bring better access to critical medical services in my hometown,” Jordan said in a statement. “Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live, or whether or not they have insurance. Wilmington holds a special place in my heart and it’s truly gratifying to be able to give back to the community that supported me throughout my life.”
The Charlotte clinics, which opened in 2019 and 2020 respectively, have served over 4,500 patients and are sites for COVID-19 vaccinations. Over 1,000 vaccines have been administered at both locations. Novant Health intends to increase vaccinations at each site based on supply amounts.
“This pandemic has exacerbated health equity gaps across our state, making our efforts to close them even more emergent. We look forward to standing these clinics up as quickly as possible to ensure all members of the community have access to necessary medical care” Novant Health president and CEO Carl Armato said. “We are so appreciative of Michael’s unwavering commitment to help us bring affordable care to our communities that need it most. It’s not only an investment in us as a partner, but it’s an investment in each and every person that our clinics can reach.”
Novant Health recently purchased the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, which includes a partnership with UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine.
“When we set out to partner with New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we made it absolutely clear that one of our top priories was to improve health outcomes in southeastern North Carolina, with access to affordable care for all,” Armato said. “With Michael’s gift, we’ll be able to more quickly, and directly, have an impact. The establishment of these two new clinics reinforces our true commitment to improving the health of the southeast region.”
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