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City Description

Savannah is a charming southern city located on the Georgia coast. The Sisters of Mercy have ministered here since 1845 and sponsor healthcare facilities, various outreach agencies, and a high school. With a pedestrian-friendly layout, innovative urban design, and various parks, volunteers can enjoy a leisurely stroll in downtown Savannah. The city provides diverse attractions and is known for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Part of the celebration includes adding green dye to the park fountains! Savannah is within 30 minutes of scenic Tybee Island, located on the Atlantic Ocean. Basking in the warm weather year-round, day trips to the beach have become a volunteer favorite!

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

Service Site Descriptions

Georgia Infirmary Adult Day Health

Mission: To treat illness and promote wellness for all people.

The Georgia Infirmary dates back to 1832 where it served as the oldest African-American Hospital in the nation. Today it serves as an adult day health center, serving the elderly and those with physical disabilities. The center provides medical management, various therapeutic and recreational activities, and social connections for its clients. A volunteer is needed to serve as a nurse offering clinical care through monitoring, assessments, and medication management or as an activities assistant by coordinating daily activities and social events.

Site Details

Website: www.sjchs.org
Skills: Healthcare, Social Services, Nurse, Activity Planning

Good Samaritan Clinic

Mission: To treat illness and promote wellness for all people.

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 and specialty procedures, and health education. A volunteer is needed as a medical assistant. The volunteer will initiate the intake process for patients and place follow-up phone calls, utilize the electronic medical record, assist with translation, and organize specialty clinics. Conversational Spanish is required.

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

St. Joseph’s/Candler Emergency Department 

Mission: To treat illness and promote wellness for all people.

As the only faith-based, non-profit health system in the area, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System operates two hospitals with inpatient, outpatient, skilled-acute care, and emergency department facilities. The volunteer will be placed in the emergency department’s medical home program which specifically cares for vulnerable persons who are in need of additional resources to meet their basic needs. A volunteer will serve as a health coach by identifying, educating, and assisting patients in establishing and maintaining a primary care office. The volunteer will also have an opportunity to train and support program interns.

Website: www.sjchs.org
Skills: Healthcare, Case Management, Patient Advocacy

St. Mary’s Community Center

Mission: To treat illness and promote wellness for all people.

St. Mary’s Community Center strives to accompany people to improve their quality of life through resume and application assistance, job searches, public benefits applications, free tax preparation, and free eye exams and low-cost glasses for uninsured individuals. The volunteer will welcome clients, provide guidance for public benefits applications and renewals, facilitate job searches and edit resumes, organize the monthly eye clinic, and assist with tax preparation.

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

St. Mary’s Health Center

Mission: To treat illness and promote wellness for all people.

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. The clinic is staffed by nurse practitioners. A volunteer is needed as a clinical or administrative assistant. As a clinical assistant, the volunteer would triage patients, administer injections, perform new patient assessments, and document care in the electronic medical record. As an administrative assistant, the volunteer would answer phones and schedule appointments, assist with new patient intake, and coordinate and monitor patient referrals to specialty care.

Website: www.sjchs.org
Skills: Healthcare, Medical Assistant, Patient Advocacy, Chronic Illness Management

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