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Healthy Cortland IRT Event Completed Twice As Many Procedures As 2016

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(Photo/DOD: Service members pose with civil servants and volunteers during the Healthy Cortland Innovative Readiness Training in Homer, NY on July 20, 2019)

The numbers from last month’s “Healthy Cortland” Innovative Readiness Training event are in and they’re a vast improvement over the same report three years ago.

Specifically, Cortland County saw 37% more patients in total and twice as many health procedures this year compared to 2016.

About 200 military medical providers were in Homer performing more than 15,000 dental, medical, optometry and veterinary procedures on 2,477 patients over the course of 10 days, all at no cost to them.

The total economic value of services rendered came to over $768,000, which interesting enough is more than $80K less than the value of the 2016 event.

The Innovative Readiness Training Program is a Department of Defense initiative that combines military reserve personnel in need of training hours with undeserved communities in need of services.

Although the events this year and in 2016 both dealt with medical services, the D.O.D. also runs IRT events around the country in cyber security, engineering and transportation training missions.

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