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City Description

Savannah, Georgia is a charming, southern city located on the Georgia coast. With a pedestrian-friendly layout and innovative urban design, Savannah has many visitors all year. In addition to the quaint cobblestone streets, this city provides a temperate climate and diverse attractions. Savannah is within 30 minutes of scenic Tybee Island, located on the Atlantic Ocean, but you don’t need to travel that far to enjoy a waterfront trail! The Sisters of Mercy have ministered in Savannah since 1845 and sponsor healthcare facilities, various outreach agencies, and a high school. Volunteers live together in a furnished house in a residential neighborhood and have use of 2 community cars.

Housing: house
Transportation: 2 cars
Number of Volunteers: 4

Service Site Descriptions

The Good Samaritan Clinic

Mission: To provide a free, primary medical home to uninsured, impoverished individuals and to assist in bridging socioeconomic disparities

The Good Samaritan Clinic provides free primary medical care to uninsured adults in a welcoming and compassionate setting. In addition to primary care visits, the clinic offers preventative health screenings, referrals to specialty physicians or for specialty procedures, health education, and English classes for Spanish speakers.  The clinic serves uninsured adults who fall greater than 200% below federal poverty guidelines.  A volunteer is needed as a medical assistant, initiating patient intake process, utilizing electronic medical record for documentation, assisting with translation, and placing follow-up phone calls to patients. Conversational Spanish is required.

Site Details

Website: www.sjchs.org
Skills: Healthcare, Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Services, Nurse, Spanish Speaking Ability

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System Georgia Infirmary 

Mission: Rooted in God’s love, to treat illness and promote wellness for all people.

The St. Joseph/Candler Georgia Infirmary programs, SOURCE (Service Options Using Resources in Community Environments) and CCSP (Community Care Services Program), seek to positively impact the lives of older adults and younger individuals with disabilities through innovative programs of enhanced and traditional case management, home and community based support services, and primary medical care. Through the coordination of these services, outlined by individualized care plans, St. Joseph/Candler helps their members maintain good health and functional independence and avoid potential institutionalized care. A volunteer is needed as a community connections coordinator, providing companionship to the members and aiding members in fostering social connections in the community.

Website: www.sjchs.org
Skills: Social Services, Community Outreach, Disabled and Elderly Care, Networking

St. Mary’s Community Center

Mission: To accompany those of low income to better their quality of life.

St. Mary’s Community Center provides workforce development classes and public benefits counseling for adults, along with food assistance and social opportunities for senior citizens. The center also hosts a monthly eye clinic. A volunteer is needed as a center assistant, helping clients in completing applications and renewals for public benefits, assisting with job searches and resumes, organizing the monthly eye clinic, and distributing food and planning social activities for seniors.

Website: www.sjchs.org
Skills: Social Services, Community Outreach, Emergency Assistance, Public Benefits

St. Mary’s Health Center

Mission: To provide access to quality, compassionate healthcare to those who are uninsured and of low income and to better their quality of life

St. Mary’s Health Center provides free primary health care and free access to labs, radiology, diagnostic testing, health education, cancer prevention screenings and inpatient hospitalization through St. Joseph’s/Candler health system. The clinic serves uninsured adults who fall greater than 200% below federal poverty guidelines. It is staffed mostly by nurse practitioners. A volunteer is needed in a clinical (nurse) or non-clinical role (patient advocate). A nurse would triage patients, administer injections, perform new patient assessments, and document care in the electronic medical record. A patient advocate would schedule appointments, maintain electronic medical records, assist with new patient orientation and develop a quality improvement project focused on chronic illness (hypertension, diabetes, depression).

Website: www.sjchs.org
Skills: Health Care, Nurse, Patient Advocacy, Chronic Illness Management

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