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Michael Jordan donates $10 million to open new medical clinics in his hometown

Former NBA star Michael Jordan has donated $10 million to open two new medical clinics in his hometown of North Carolina which are set to open in 2022.

The clinics will serve the uninsured and underinsured residents of New Hanover County. Back in 2017, Jordan committed $7 million to Novant Health to open two clinics in Charlotte and the first Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic opened in October 2019.

“Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live, or whether or not they have insurance.” Jordan said 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.”

Novant Health said Jordan’s latest donation will help “bring this same integrated care model to more rural and rural-adjacent communities in his hometown.”

Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health, said in a statement, “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.”

All together, Novant Health said it has now received a total of $17 million from Jordan dedicated to developing clinics.

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