Project SHERPA

Project SHERPA is a newly created project in Savannah.

It consists of a number of retired physicians and oral surgeons who volunteer to accompany care recipients to their medical appointments with the consent of their attending physician.

The role of the medical sherpa is to clarify what the attending physician tells the patient and ask pertinent questions the patient may not think to ask.

If there is a treatment decision to be made, the sherpa explains the treatment options to the patient, but does not offer to make the decision.

The goal is to help the care recipient to “climb the medical mountain”
— hence the name “sherpa,”.

Who does the program serve?
Anyone currently seeing a medical professional for treatment.

What does it cost?
The Sherpa health professionals volunteer their services entirely free of charge.  Project SHERPA is a program of the Edel Caregiver Institute which is funded by grants and personal funding.

Why would I call for this kind of help?
Whether you have recently received a medical diagnosis or actively receiving treatment, the Sherpa serves as your advocate when communicating with medical professionals. We are there to listen, interpret, and ask the questions you may not know to ask.  The Sherpa supports the care recipient and the family in navigating what can otherwise be an overwhelming situation.
**Please allow at least one week’s notice between requesting a Sherpa and the actual medical appointment. Thanks you.


No one needs to feel alone. We’re here to help. Just call.

For more information or to request a medical interpreter, please contact the Edel Caregiver Institute at 912.629.1331
or email


If you are interested in the Sherpa service or are a non-professional caregiver in need of help, please fill out our caregiving questionnaire below.
This will aid us in assessing your unique caregiver situation and begin the process of assisting you and your care recipient. We will be in touch with you soon!

All information provided is used to assess your needs as a caregiver and personal facts will be kept strictly confidential. Non-personal information will be used for grant-writing purposes to obtain funding to help keep our services at reasonable, reduced, or no cost.

We recognize this form is lengthy! If you would prefer to complete with a staff member in-person, please call 912.629.1331.