Six-time NBA Champion Michael Jordan has opened a second health clinic in the Charlotte area. The Charlotte Hornets owner hopes to service underinsured and uninsured families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are thrilled the North End community of Charlotte will have access to the same comprehensive care that is transforming lives at the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in west Charlotte,” Novant Health CEO Carl Armato said.
Earlier this year, the Basketball Hall of Fame guard opened his first clinic in west Charlotte. In partnership with Novant Health, the clinic works as a respiratory assessment center during the coronavirus pandemic to help screen for infections.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the first clinic has worked hard to service the Charlotte area. The clinic has seen more than 12,000 appointments and performed more than 14,000 COVID-19 tests.
“The impact of the first clinic has been measurable and if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is the importance of having accessible, safe and quality care in communities that need it most.”
Nationally, the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the country. On Friday, the country experienced a record high 83,000 confirmed cases in just one day. With the holidays and flu season nearing, experts expect a rise in COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, impoverished Black and brown communities have been hit the hardest. Jordan and Novant Health hope to help service the communities that are so often neglected during times like these.
“When we came together to mark the first clinic’s opening last fall, no one could have predicted we would be facing a global pandemic just five months later,” Jordan said.
“I’m so proud of the positive impact our clinic has had on the community so far, especially during COVID-19. Our second clinic will provide critical services to improve the health and lives of more Charlotteans, which is so important to me and to Novant Health.”