National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Michael Jordan has donated US$10 million to open two new medical clinics in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina.
The clinics, which are set to open in 2022, will provide medical care to the uninsured or underinsured residents of New Hanover County, according to a Novant Health, a regional health care system.
Jordan has previously committed to supporting his community, when in 2017, he donated US$7 million to Novant Health to open two new clinics in Charlotte, home to the Charlotte Hornets, of whom the NBA superstar owns.
Following that donation, the six-time NBA champion pledged to provide resources to communities with little or no health care and in October 2019, the first Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic opened, where it would eventually serve as a COVID-19 screening and testing site, providing more than 13,000 tests.
In October 2020, once again Jordan partnered with Novant Health to open a second medical clinic in Charlotte, which has meant that primary care, behavioral health and social support services have been brought to the area's most vulnerable communities, which has seen over 4,500 patients and administered almost 1,000 coronavirus vaccines.
"Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live, or whether or not they have insurance." started Jordan in a statement. "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."
Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health, added: "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.
"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."
In total, Novant Health said that it had now received US$17 million from Jordan.
Author: Jake Wilkin