Jordan donates $7m to family clinics

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October 10, 2017
Former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP):

Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to launch medical clinics that he hopes will help at-risk communities in Charlotte.

It's the largest philanthropic donation ever by the former NBA champion.

The donation will fund two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, which are projected to open in 2020.

"Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community," Jordan, a North Carolina native, said in a release yesterday. "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 said 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.

A release from Novant stated that the clinics will provide an avenue to affordable, high-quality care including behavioural health, physical therapy, social work, oral health and family planning to individuals in the community who have little or no health care.

The clinics have the potential to decrease emergency room utilisation by 68 per cent and decrease hospitalisation by 37 per cent for the residents of these neighbourhoods, according to Novant.

Novant added that the clinics are projected to care for nearly 35,000 children and adults who do not currently have access to primary and preventive care or who use the emergency room for non-urgent medical needs.

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