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Michael Jordan opens a second health clinic for the uninsured in his hometown of Charlotte

Michael Jordan opens second health clinic for the uninsured in his hometown of Charlotte to provide ‘critical care’ during the pandemic as more than 14,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the first facility

  • Michael Jordan appeared on a Zoom call with patients when he announced the launch of Novant Health’s Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in the North End
  • The launch comes a year after its location in west Charlotte
  • Both were created thanks to a $ 7 million grant that Jordan gave
  • The clinics aim to provide adequate, accessible health care to uninsured persons
  • More than 3,350 patients – over 450 of whom are children – have been seen in western Charlotte
  • That location turned into a COVID-19 screening and testing center in April
  • “Our second clinic will provide essential services to improve the health and lives of more Charlotteans,” Jordan said

Basketball great Michael Jordan has opened a second health clinic for the uninsured in his hometown of Charlotte, focused on providing ‘critical services’ during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-year-old sports icon praised the success of the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in west Charlotte, which opened last year when he announced the launch of the new North End location.

Both locations were made possible by a massive $ 7 million grant that Michael Jordan gave three years ago. They are working to address health equality gaps by providing comprehensive primary care – something made even more evident by COVID-19.

Michael Jordan appeared on a Zoom call with patients when he announced the launch of Novant Health’s Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in the North End

An outside look at the new North End site, which will be filled with 12 patient examination rooms and an X-ray room

An outside look at the new North End site, which will be filled with 12 patient examination rooms and an X-ray room

An outside look at the new North End site, which will be filled with 12 patient examination rooms and an X-ray room

“ When we got together last fall to mark the opening of the first clinic, no one could have predicted that we would face a global pandemic five months later, ” Jordan said in a statement. release of the launch.

‘I am so proud of the positive impact our clinic has had on the community so far, especially during COVID-19. Our second clinic will provide essential services to improve the health and lives of more Charlotteans, which is so important to me and to Novant Health. ‘

Covering 6,800 square feet, the North End clinic – located on Statesville Avenue – will be filled with 12 patient examination rooms, an X-ray room, and physical therapy space. A full-time clinical social worker will also be on site to “address those social determinants of health.”

Novant Health has high hopes for their second location as the first has performed extremely well in its first year of existence.

Within the North End location. A full-time clinical social worker will also be on site to 'address those social determinants of health'

Within the North End location. A full-time clinical social worker will also be on site to 'address those social determinants of health'

Within the North End location. A full-time clinical social worker will also be on site to ‘address those social determinants of health’

“We are delighted that the Charlotte North End community will have access to the same comprehensive care that changes lives at Novant Health’s Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in west Charlotte,” said Carl Armato, CEO and President of Novant Health.

“The impact of the first clinic was measurable, and if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s important to have accessible, safe, and quality care in communities that need it most. Michael Jordan’s commitment to improving the health of our communities and society is deeply rooted. We are so grateful to be his partner in providing care and resources to those who would otherwise be without it. ‘

More than 3,350 patients – of which more than 450 children – have been seen at the Freedom Drive site. Nearly 700 patients have been assisted by the clinic’s social worker, and nearly 80 patients have been referred for additional behavioral health care.

“We got some very tough cards in 2020,” Jordan said during a Zoom call to announce the launch. ‘I hope that 2021 will be much better’

The Freedom Drive clinic transitioned into a respiratory research center in April to help provide “ accessible COVID-19 screening, testing, treatment and education. ”

“This is very emotional for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,” Jordan said at the opening of the first center last year.

The clinic has conducted more than 14,000 COVID-19 tests and completed nearly 12,600 mobile health appointments. Those in need of primary care were referred to a nearby clinic.

“We got some very tough cards in 2020,” Jordan said during a Zoom call to announce the launch. ‘I hope that 2021 will be much better.’

He later added, ‘The energy is just too strong for us to stop now and I have cold bumps just sitting around talking about it. I am very proud that the relationship has evolved and we will continue to do great things with Charlotte and the community. ‘

At last year’s cutting ceremony for the Freedom Drive location, Jordan was overcome with emotion as he stressed the importance of adequate, accessible health care.

“This is very emotional for me to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,” Jordan said at the ceremony.

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