One year after the first Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic opened its doors in Charlotte, North Carolina, the basketball great and his partner Novant Health have opened a second facility.
With the same goal of providing vital access to primary and preventive care to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, the new clinic will serve the North End community.
Like with the original medical clinic in west Charlotte, which was built with a generous $7 million grant from Michael Jordan, the new one also offers behavioral health and social support services—addressing health equity gaps further exacerbated by COVID-19.
“Michael Jordan’s commitment to improving the health of our communities, and society, is deep-rooted,” said Carl Armato, CEO and president of Novant Health.
“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,” he added.
Jordan said on a Zoom call (watch below), “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. I’m so proud of the positive impact our clinic has had on the community so far, especially during COVID-19.”
In its first year, the clinic on Freedom Drive has seen more than 3,350 patients, including more than 450 children. Of those, nearly 700 patients were assisted by the clinic’s full-time social worker with nearly 80 patients being referred for additional behavioral health care.
Since April, when the clinic transitioned into a respiratory assessment center to meet the communities’ needs for accessible coronavirus screening, testing, treatment and education, they completed 12,584 appointments and performed nearly 14,000 COVID-19 tests.
The new North End location at 2701 Statesville is a 6,800 square foot clinic equipped with 12 patient exam rooms, an X-ray room, and space for physical therapy. Most notably, it will also implement the same integrated services model as the Freedom Drive clinic in west Charlotte, to identify, treat, and support social determinants of health. This model includes embedding a full-time licensed clinical social worker on-site to help address those social determinants of health.
The clinics are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients can schedule appointments online, including same-day, or learn more about providers and available services online at nhmichaeljordanclinic.org. Walk-in visits are also available.