Michael Jordan Celebrates Opening of New N.C. Health Clinic After $10M Donation — See the Photo (Exclusive)

Michael Jordan celebrated the opening of a new health clinic in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina and PEOPLE has an exclusive photo of the basketball legend at the event

Published Time: 09.05.2024 - 23:31:05 Modified Time: 09.05.2024 - 23:31:05

Michael Jordan celebrated the opening of a new health clinic in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina and PEOPLE has an exclusive photo of the basketball legend at the event.

Jordan, 61, and Novant Health teamed up to open a third clinic, the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic on Greenfield St. in Wilmington, to bring "much-needed comprehensive primary care services," according to a release.

The clinic will include medical opportunities for "individuals who are uninsured or underinsured," a cause close to the former NBA star's heart.

"Everyone is worthy of access to quality health care, no matter where you live or if you have insurance," Jordan said in a release, adding that he is "truly inspired by the many powerful stories of people who are now thriving thanks to the support of our Charlotte medical clinics."

Jordan, whose $10 million donation to Novant Health allowed for two additional Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinics to be built in Wilminton, added, "I am confident Novant Health's new clinic will positively impact individuals and families throughout Wilmington," and said he's "profoundly grateful to help make this day happen for my hometown."

In PEOPLE's exclusive photo, the former NBA star was seen speaking with Dr. Michael Hoben inside the lobby of the clinic during the opening.

According to the release, many of the patients visiting Jordan's clinics have "never had a primary care provider before" and have "praised the clinic teams for helping restore health and a sense of hope" to families in North Carolina, where Jordan currently resides.

In a statement, Ernie Bovio, president of the Novant Health Coastal Region and Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center, said, “Each Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic has been thoughtfully planned for the best location within the community. Thanks to our care team’s commitment to lifelong wellness, our third Michael Jordan clinic is already delivering on our vision to close health equity gaps by transforming healthcare, one patient at a time.”

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The clinic includes 12 patient rooms and will be supported by a primary care team as well as a community health worker to help assist patients with community resources, per Novant Health's release.

In an additional photo from the clinic on Tuesday, Jordan can be seen speaking to attendees during the opening.

Senior vice president of Novant Health Ann Caulkins said, “We are tremendously grateful to Michael Jordan for his philanthropic support of our efforts to close health equity gaps. The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medicine Clinics in Charlotte provided more than 9,000 patient visits last year and are delivering profound benefits in the community. We’re excited to expand this model in Wilmington, where the clinic team will provide life-changing care.”

Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, but his family relocated to Wilmington when he was a toddler. Supporting his North Carolina hometown has always been a priority for the NBA great, who owns a stake in Charlotte's NBA team, the Hornets.

In August 2023, Jordan transitioned out of his majority stakeholder position to a minor ownership role after selling his stake to an ownership group led by Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin.

In a heartfelt message to Hornets fans at the time, Jordan described the opportunity to own an NBA franchise in his home state as "a dream come true."

Jordan said he'll "never forget the excitement" in the city when the Hornets name returned to "its rightful home in Charlotte" in 2013 in his open letter to Charlotte. (The Hornets left Charlotte in 2002 and were replaced by the Bobcats. Under Jordan's leadership, the team reclaimed the Hornets name in 2013,SIreported.)

Jordan looked back on the Hornets' return to Charlotte as a "uniting" moment for the city's Bobcats and Hornets fanbases. "Our fans told us how important this was, and the amazing level of support and enthusiasm proved their point," he wrote.

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