CHARLOTTE – Novant Health and Michael Jordan announced a $7 million gift to open two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte. The medical clinics will serve some of the most at-risk and underserved communities in Charlotte when open in late 2020.
The clinics will provide access to primary and preventive care to people in the community with little or no health care.
“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.”
The clinics are going in areas identified by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force as the most at-risk for generational poverty.
“This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “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.”
Over five years, the clinics are projected to care for nearly 35,000 children and adults who do not have access to primary and preventive care or who use the emergency room for non-urgent medical needs.
The clinics have the potential to decrease emergency room utilization by 68 percent and decrease hospitalization by 37 percent for the residents of these neighborhoods.