Michael Jordan has donated $10 million to open two medical clinics in his home state of North Carolina, bringing his total donation for health care to $17 million.
“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,” Jordan said in a 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.”
“This pandemic has exacerbated health equity gaps across our state, making our efforts to close them even more emergent,” Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health, said Monday in a statement. “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.”
According to Forbes this isn’t the first time Jordan has opened up health clinics in North Carolina. In 2017, Jordan gave $7 million to Novant Health Foundation to launch two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in poor areas of Charlotte. Both opened in 2019 and 2020, and have served 4,500 patients and administered 1,000 Covid-19 vaccines so far.