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NoCost Healthcare Services Being Provided to Residents in May 2018!

Post Date:02/19/2018 3:32 PM


St. Joseph’s/Candler, Georgia Southern University, City of Savannah and Garden City are supporting the U.S. Military to provide no-cost healthcare for those in need in our region.

Savannah was selected as a site for the Department of Defense’s 2018 Innovative Readiness Training Program. Called Operation Empower Health – Greater Savannah, the program aims to provide access to medical, dental and vision services for nearly 6,000 people. The services will be provided at various locations in Chatham County from May 10-18. 

Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) is a U.S. military volunteer training opportunity that provides training and readiness for military personnel while addressing public and civil-society needs. The military services have always brought to bear their resources to help meet some of the country’s civil needs. With IRT, the Department of Defense realizes simultaneous benefits for military training and readiness while providing quality services to communities through the U.S.


 The Mission of Innovative Readiness Training

IRT builds mutually beneficial civil-military partnerships between U.S. communities and the Department of Defense to:

  • Provide high quality, mission-essential training for Active, Guard and Reserve support personnel and units
  • Deliver military readiness and partnership capacity to serve when the nation calls, at home or aboard
  • Contribute to American prosperity by meeting public and civil-society needs
  • Strengthen the bond between American citizens and the U.S. military
  • Kindle a spirit of service and volunteerism among all partners and the communities they serve

All branches of the military are involved in this year’s IRT mission including the Army Reserve’s 3d Medical Command out of Atlanta, Multifunctional Medical Battalion out of Savannah, the Navy’s Eyeglasses fabrication unit out of Virginia and the Marine Corps Forces Reserves 4th Dental Battalion out of New Orleans.

Services offered

Among the services offered through Operation Empower Health – Greater Savannah are:

  • Medical
    • Physical exams
    • Sports exams
    • Patient education
  • Dental
    • Dental exams
    • Extractions
    • Fillings
  • Vision
    • Eye exams
    • Prescriptions
    • Fabrication of glasses


Those seeking the services of IRT may do so at the following locations:

Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, Ga. 31419

Savannah Civic Center
301 W. Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, Ga. 31401


Savannah State University
3219 College Street
Savannah, Ga. 31404


Garden City Recreational Department
160 Priscilla D Thomas Road
Garden City, Ga. 31408


Hours of operation

Daily hours of operation at each site will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome, especially the under/uninsured. Services are available to those in Chatham and surrounding counties, including South Carolina.  More info can be found here on the St. Joseph's/Candler website

Learn more about the Innovative Readiness Training program on their website or watch a video about the IRT program here:

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