Continuing his philanthropic ways in the Charlotte community, Michael Jordan has partnered with Novant Health to build 2 medical facilities in at-risk and underserved areas. The owner of the Charlotte Hornets is donating $7 million in an effort to directly impact the quality of accessible and affordable healthcare. Jordan has a long-standing relationship with the health services provider and hopes that their venture will help some 35,000 children and adults.
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“I am proud to partner with Novant health to bring critical health services to underserved areas of Charlotte and the thousands of North Carolinians with limited access to healthcare,” Jordan said in a press release. “Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community. It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve.”
Making Healthcare Accessible
Set to open in 2020, The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics will provide comprehensive health care including physical therapy, behavioral health, social work, oral health, and family planning. They will also reduce the need for using the emergency room for non-urgent medical treatment. Not only will residents have access to quality healthcare in their own communities, the overall costs of medical care will be greatly reduced.
Jordan’s desire to give back to the Charlotte community should come as no surprise. He grew up in Wilmington and went on to become a college basketball standout at UNC-Chapel Hill. The 54-year-old was disturbed by a 2014 joint study conducted by Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley which revealed that poor children in Charlotte have the nation’s worst odds of breaking the poverty cycle. This project is one of the ways that Jordan wanted to help solve the problem.
One Person At A Time
President and CEO of Novant Health Carl Armato is thrilled that Jordan is continuing to support their mission of improving the health of the communities they serve “one person at a time.”
“This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities,” Armato said. “We are thankful to Michael for his generosity. The gift will remove barriers to high-quality healthcare in some of the most vulnerable communities.”