HELPING HAND: Michael Jordan (Photo credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
MICHAEL JORDAN is donating $7 million to launch medical clinics that he hopes will help at-risk communities in Charlotte, ESPN reports.
The donation will fund two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, which are projected to open in 2020.
Speaking on the donation, Jordan said: “Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community.”
“It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve.”
Jordan’s spokesperson Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press on Monday (Oct 9) that the Hornets owner “feels so great about being able to impact the Charlotte community and help people who really deserve it. Michael and Novant are really excited about this project.”
Portnoy said Jordan, 54, was motivated by a study that found poor children in Charlotte have the worst odds of those of any of the top 50 cities in the United States to lift themselves out of poverty.
The clinics have the potential to decrease emergency room utilization by 68 percent and decrease hospitalization by 37 percent for the residents of these neighborhoods, according to Novant.
“This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “
We are thankful to Michael for his generosity. The gift will remove barriers to high-quality health care in some of the most vulnerable communities.”
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