"It's a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years," said Michael Jordan.
Basketball legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan has made a tremendous donation as he's funded two healthcare facilities that will offer care to underinsured and uninsured patients in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. According to Daily Mail, the six-time NBA champ was quite emotional as he unveiled the first of two medical clinics with the main goal of serving the underprivileged in the community. The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, where Jordan said, "It's a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years."
Michael Jordan donated $7.2 million to open up two new Novant Health Clinics in Charlotte and got very emotional during today's opening event https://t.co/Ii7VfaE4l9— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) October 18, 2019
The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinic will provide vital access to primary and preventive care to individuals in the community, including those who are uninsured or underinsured, the organization said in a press release. The clinic will also offer additional comprehensive care, including behavioral health and social support services, to more directly address health equity gaps and social determinants of health in our communities.
The 6,800 square-foot-facility comes fully equipped with 12 exam rooms, an X-ray room, and a physical therapy space. There will also be a full-time social worker on staff to provide support 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.
Novant Health is going to continue working alongside Michael Jordan and our community partners to help make our city and our region even better. And to close the health equity gap once and for all. - Carl Armato, Novant Health CEO pic.twitter.com/sKGXgAMF6Q— Novant Health (@NovantHealth) October 17, 2019
The clinic is situated in a lower-income neighborhood with a high need for low cost, high-quality healthcare. This way, they will be able to cater to the medical needs of the underinsured and uninsured people in and around the area. “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,” Jordan added in a statement. The clinic employees are also all Charlotte-area citizens.
Michael Jordan and Novant Health open the Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic on Freedom Drive in West Charlotte. It will provide primary and preventative care to people including the uninsured or underinsured. pic.twitter.com/XjFIaLOsy0— Kristi O'Connor WBTV (@KristiOConnor_) October 17, 2019
“The community is embedded into the very foundation of these clinics,” said Armato. “I know how important that is both to Michael Jordan and to Novant Health. We want the community to know that we’re not just here when they’re in crisis or in need of urgent care. We’re here for the long haul.” During his speech, Jordan vowed to do more in the city, saying, “I can only do this in gratitude…I can never repay what you’ve actually given to me, but this is a start…This is just the start of a battle of being able to touch as many people as we can.”
Michael Jordan donated $7.2 million to open up two new Novant Health Clinics in Charlotte that plans to provide care to underprivileged members of the community, per @theobserver pic.twitter.com/WupLde3V1S— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 18, 2019
A report by The Wall Street Journal reveals that the number of uninsured Americans has risen for the first time in decades. The report states that there are approximately 27.5 million people without health coverage in the U.S., which is roughly 8.5 percent of Americans, making clinics like these a high priority. Honestly, it is a good thing that people like Michael Jordan exist and that they're putting their money to good use, to actually help the people in need.