Novant Health announced this week that Michael Jordan will be donating $7 million to help build two brand new health clinics in Charlotte.
The new clinics will bring life-saving healthcare to some of the most underserved communities in our city, with an anticipated opening date in late 2020, according to their press release.
“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 health care,” said Michael Jordan. “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.”
According to census bureau data, there are now over 100,000 Charlotteans who don’t have any kind of health insurance. Those affected most are children of single-parent families living in troubled areas, who often face difficulty accessing primary and mental health services, and a lack of healthcare education and preventive care. The two new clinics hope to address these issues in areas that will be identified by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force as the most at-risk for generational poverty.
“As a longtime partner, we are thrilled that Michael Jordan continues to support Novant Health and our mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities. We are thankful to Michael for his generosity. The gift will remove barriers to high-quality health care in some of the most vulnerable communities.”
In thier first 5 years, the new ‘Novant Health Michael Jordan Clinics’ are projected to provide care to 35,000 children and adults who now have virtually no access to healthcare.