Legendary sportsman and Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan officially opened one of two medical clinics he has funded in Charlotte, North Carolina last week.
The $7 million medical clinic will offer care to Charlotte residents, including under-insured and uninsured patients.
“This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,” Jordan said with tears on his cheeks.
Jordan, who began his basketball career in North Carolina and is now the Charlotte Hornets owner, opened the Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in West Charlotte, an area that Novant Health leaders chose because the area had a lack of medical services.
“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 said in a statement.
Jordan committed $7 million to Novant Health to open two clinics in Charlotte in 2017. The donation came with a pledge to provide resources to communities with little or no health care.
The clinic will not only offer typical primary and preventative care, but it will also provide patients with behavioral health and social support services.
Sharelle Blake, who lives two blocks away from the clinic, is one of 300 patients already seen at the clinic. “For me, this is a major, major blessing for the Camp Greene neighborhood,” Blake told FOX 46.
“There are a lot of people living here who are low income, they don’t have health insurance. There are children here who need the immunizations to go to school and they don’t have insurance and they don’t have a way,” Blake added.
The 6,800-square-foot facility is equipped with 12 exam rooms, a physical therapy space and an X-ray room. There will also be a full-time social worker to provide social support services to patients.
The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic is open for business!📍3149 Freedom Drive Charlotte, NC 28202 pic.twitter.com/gbS2AzZInA
— Novant Health (@NovantHealth) October 17, 2019
The medical center is expected to serve 350,000 adults and children over the next five years, The Charlotte Observer reports.
“The money is not the issue to me. It’s the commitment to be able to make a difference and make an impact to a community that in the future will make an impact to the City of Charlotte,” Jordan said.
The location in West Charlotte marks the first of two locations. A second location in East Charlotte will open in the future.
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