Michael Jordan Gives $10 Million Gift to Fund Additional Medical Clinics in North Carolina

Novant Health and Michael Jordan have jointly announced that he has given a $10 million gift to open two medical clinics in New Hanover County on the southeastern coast of North Carolina.

“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 Michael Jordan in a written statement. “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.”

Novant Health and Jordan have previously partnered to open two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte, N.C. The two medical facilities bring comprehensive primary care, including behavioral health and social support services, to the area’s most vulnerable communities. This present gift from the basketball legend will help Novant Health bring this same integrated care model to more rural and rural-adjacent communities in his hometown, offering much-needed services to those who are uninsured or underinsured. Both new clinics are slated to open in early 2022.

“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 Carl Armato, president, and CEO of Novant Health. “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.

“When we set out to partner with New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we made it absolutely clear that one of our top priories was to improve health outcomes in southeastern North Carolina, with access to affordable care for all,” Armato added. “With Michael’s gift, we’ll be able to more quickly, and directly, have an impact. The establishment of these two new clinics reinforces our true commitment to improving the health of the southeast region.”

The latest $10 million gift made to the Novant Health Foundation from Michael Jordan makes the total amount received, a total of $17 million in funds from Jordan dedicated to developing clinics, which are owned and operated by Novant Health.

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