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20 October 2019 04:35

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Michael Jordan Opens Clinic for Uninsured in North Carolina

Michael Jordan is surrounded by family, Mayor Vi Lyles and Novant Health executives. CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Hornets majority owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan got emotional and teared up while speaking to a crowd Oct. 17 outside the newly opened Novant Health clinic bearing his name. The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Facility, located at 3149 Freedom Drive, is already a hub of activity as staff has treated over 300 patients since it opened three-and-a-half weeks ago. With 12 patient rooms, the clinic has the power to serve community members that may be uninsured, underinsured or at high risk due to social and economic resources. "Earlier this year, Novant Health was one of the first healthcare systems recognized for reducing healthcare disparities among Medicare and Medicaid recipients," Chief Consumer Officer Jesse Cureton said.

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"We have a strong focus on health equity to ensure families, the community and team members receive high-quality care of services when they need it. The Michael Jordan Family Medical Facility will be a family physician's office, but it will also offer more comprehensive care, including social support services and behavioral health. "On the surface, it's a primary care clinic," said Dr. Michael Hoben, Novant Health's senior executive physician. We know those are all great, but we also know building the space and creating more access isn't enough to close the health equity gaps." The grand opening touched close to home for Jordan, who donated $7 million toward the project in 2017. "I stand here before you as a proud parent, son, obviously a member of this community, my mother, my brothers, my daughter, my grandson," Jordan said as tears started to roll down his face.

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"As you can see, this is a very emotional thing to me, to give back to a community that has supported me over the years." Jordan said Charlotte and North Carolina, in general, is his home, and as the place where he, his mother, daughter and brothers live is a special place. Even more alarming based on the lack of affordable healthcare in high-poverty areas, Hoben said, is that one in four residents have at least one chronic disease while one in five has two. "A commitment to health equity is inspiring to create that positive change," said Cureton, who proclaimed himself a proud West Charlotte High grad. He considers himself one of the fortunate ones but thinks the new Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Facility will give others born in his position a chance to work their way out of poverty. "With efforts like this, someone like me can have an opportunity," Cureton said, before ending his speech by praising Jordan's commitment both on the court and to the partnership between himself and Novant Health. Jordan said the partnership began through Novant Health advertising with the Hornets, but has morphed into friendships and the $7 million donation that what both parties said is just the start of things to come. Jordan, widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, said he is committed to this area and he's committed to the partnership he's developed with Novant Health. He vowed this is the tip of the iceberg with another Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Facility opening soon in north Charlotte. "We are committed to this city, not from a financial, but from the heart of what this city and this state has given to me," Jordan said. Michael Jordan is making good on a $7 million promise to Charlotte, North Carolina. The NBA icon, mogul and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets snipped the ribbon at the opening of The Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic Thursday. Jordan said he decided to open the clinic in the area, after a study determined there was a dire need for primary care providers there. "I believe that your ZIP code or neighborhood should not determine the quality of your health care--or whether or not you can even get care at all," Jordan said in a statement. In 2017, Jordan donated $7 million to Novant Health to build the facility along with a second location, also in Charlotte that has not yet been built. Michael Jordan has opened a $7 million (£5,390,835) clinic that will cover health care for uninsured residents in his hometown of Charlotte. The former basketball player got emotional and even shed a tear as he opened the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, which he funded in 2017. He told the gathered crowd: "This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years. "I stand here before you as a proud parent, son, obviously a member of this community," he went on to say his family deserve as much credit as him for getting the project off the ground. He added: "You see my name, but yet you see a lot of people behind me and the commitment, especially from my mom, about caring for other people and being a part of a community that matters." He donated the $7 million required to open the centre two years ago. Novant Health will operate and run the clinic. Carl Armato, CEO and president of Novant Health said in a statement: "At Novant Health, we are deeply committed to caring for patients beyond our walls. "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. We are so grateful for Michael Jordan's continued partnership and generous gift, which will transform thousands of lives in the west Charlotte community." Novant Health is going to continue working alongside Michael Jordan and our community partners to help make our city and our region even better. In a press release Jordan said: "When I heard Novant Health's plan to bring not only primary care, but other needed services to the community, there was no doubt in my mind that this is where I wanted to help make an impact.

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