After 16 years of retirement, former basketball player Michael Jordan is now associated with something totally different than before: a medical clinic. The medical clinic is in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Jordan is from, and serves underinsured or uninsured people in the community. Not only did Jordan grow up in North Carolina, but he also owns the NBA Charlotte Hornets.
Michael Jordan got emotional when he spoke at the opening of Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, the first of two clinics he is funding to support people with low incomes.
The low-income clinic will offer primary and preventative care services that are typically offered in health clinics, but will also have the resources to help patients with behavioral health issues or social support.
The first clinic is a 6,800-square-foot facility. In that space there are 12 exam rooms and an X-ray room. In addition, there is also a space for physical therapy, and the clinic will have a full-time social worker on staff.
Carl Armato, the CEO and president of Novant Health, says, “This clinic will not only provide access to medical care for those who need it most, but it will connect them to resources to ensure their health extends beyond the doctor’s office.”
Harvard and UC Berkeley conducted a study in 2014 that ranked Charlotte last in the top 50 large cities for social and economic mobility for children born into poverty. That means these clinics will fill a crucial need for affordable medical care in Charlotte.
During the opening of the first clinic, Jordan announced that the second clinic was already in the works. According to a press release from Novant Health, the clinics are “projected to care for nearly 35,000 children and adults who do not currently have access to primary and preventive care” in the next five years.