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!
Transportation: 2 cars
Number of Volunteers: 4
Service Site Descriptions
Good Samaritan Clinic
Mission: To provide a free, primary medical home to uninsured, impoverished individuals and to assist in bridging socioeconomic disparities
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.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Emergency Department
Mission: Rooted in love, 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.
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. The center also hosts a monthly eye clinic and annual tax preparation. A volunteer is needed as a center assistant. 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.
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 to patients whose income falls 200% below the federal poverty level. The clinic is staffed by nurse practitioners. A volunteer is needed as a nurse or an administrative assistant. As a nurse, 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.
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