Novant Health has announced a $10 million gift to the Novant Health Foundation from basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan to establish two medical clinics in rural and rural-adjacent communities in North Carolina's New Hanover County.
Slated to open in early 2022, the clinics will provide comprehensive primary care to the uninsured and underinsured, including behavioral health and social support services. Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, the county seat, previously partnered with Novant Health to open two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte, home to the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets franchise, in which Jordan has a controlling ownership stake.
"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," said Jordan. "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."
"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" said Novant Health president and CEO Carl Armato. "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."