Michael Jordan has opened a second health clinic for the uninsured in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The NBA legend provided more than $7 million in funding for the first clinic on Freedom Drive, run by Novant Health, back in 2017. That center opened last year. Now a second clinic has opened in order to provide “critical” care for people who might be falling through the gaps.
- The coronavirus pandemic has proven the need for centers like this. Not only are many primary care facilities not providing more generalized healthcare during the pandemic, but it’s also hard to get any kind of care when you aren’t privately insured/are low income. Jordan’s money will make getting healthcare much more accessible for those people.
- The first health clinic is now COVID-centric. In April, the clinic located on Freedom Drive began to focus on respiratory health, becoming an assessment center and providing “accessible COVID-19 screening, testing, treatment, and education.” The center has since provided more than 14,000 COVID-19 tests and held 12,600 mobile health appointments, but a second center was needed.
- The new center will focus more on general health and well-being. During a Zoom call, Jordan expressed pride in the new project and relief at how many people in Charlotte whose lives would be positively impacted by its opening. “When we came together to mark the first clinic’s opening last fall, no one could have predicted we would be facing a global pandemic just five months later,” he explained. “I’m so proud of the positive impact our clinic has had on the community so far, especially during Covid-19. Our second clinic will provide critical services to improve the health and lives of more Charlotteans, which is so important to me and to Novant Health.”
- The new clinic will be on Statesville Avenue. Opening in the city’s North End, the new center will have 12 patient exam rooms, space for physical therapy, an X-Ray room, and even social workers on-site full time to help where necessary. “We are thrilled the North End community of Charlotte will have access to the same comprehensive care that is transforming lives at the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in west Charlotte,” said Carl Armato, CEO and president of Novant Health. “The impact of the first clinic has been measurable and if Covid-19 has taught us anything, it is the importance of having accessible, safe and quality care in communities that need it most.”