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Michael Jordan gives $10 million for two more Novant medical clinics

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. — Michael Jordan announced a $10 million gift to open two medical clinics in New Hanover County.

Novant and Jordan previously partnered to open two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte with the goal of bringing comprehensive care to the most vulnerable communities. That care includes primary care, behavioral health and social support services.

“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. “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.”

The $10 million gift from Jordan was made to the Novant Health Foundation, which has now received a total of $17 million in funds from the basketball legend dedicated to developing clinics, which are owned and operated by Novant Health.

So far, the two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte have seen more than 4,500 patients, in addition to providing critical COVID-19 response. Nearly 1,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered from both the Freedom Drive and North End locations, with plans to scale up vaccination efforts even further as supply increases.

“This pandemic has exacerbated health equity gaps across our state, making our efforts to close them even more emergent,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “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.”

The two new clinics are scheduled to open in early 2022.