Michael Jordan is giving back to his community in a big way!
The six-time NBA champ has opened the first of two medical clinics that he has helped fund in Charlotte, North Carolina — the home of his NBA team the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan has ensured the new facility will provide healthcare to residents who are underinsured on uninsured.
So it’s no surprise that the the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic has been strategically placed in a neighborhood that is lacking in quality medical care.
“As you can see, it’s a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that’s supported me over the years,” an emotional Jordan said at the opening of the clinic on Thursday.
According to CNN, the 6,800-square-foot center is equipped with 12 exam rooms, an X-ray room and a physical therapy space. It will offer typical primary and preventative care, but will also provide patients with behavioral health and social support services.
“I believe that your ZIP code or neighborhood should not determine the quality of your health care — or whether or not you can even get care at all,” said Jordan in a statement.
He committed $7 million to Novant Health in 2017 to open two clinics in Charlotte with a pledge to provide resources to communities with little or no health care. As a result, the clinic’s construction had strong community input on their needs and wants from their and local health clinic.