NORWICH – Riding on the success of last year’s IRT event that brought no-cost medical, dental, vision and veterinary care to thousands of people in the greater Chenango County area, Greater Chenango Cares announced this week that the event will be returning to Norwich this summer.
IRT (short for Innovative Readiness Training) is a collaboration between local government and nonprofit agencies and the U.S. Department of Defense. It provides no-cost health care to the community while also training service men and women to orchestrate health care services during emergencies and disasters.
This year, the Chenango United Way is the lead agency for the IRT event. Having it again in Chenango County a win-win that benefits both the local community and the Department of Defense, explained Chenango United Way Director Elizabeth Monaco.
“It’s great that it’s coming back to this area,” Monaco said. “You don’t often get a chance to do something like this a second time and improve on the previous year’s event, so we’re looking to continue the things that went well last year and change the things that didn’t.”
The 10-day event will be held Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 24 at the Norwich High School.