MUMC wins $50,000 grant for navigation research

Congratulations to Memorial University Medical Center for receiving a $50,000 cancer research grant to evaluate patient navigation services. At the annual Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia (CPNG) meeting on Sept. 8, MUMC was awarded the “Tom and Karen Chapman Navigation Research Award” for their proposal on the effect of massage therapy on patients with breast, gynecologic, lung, or colorectal cancer.

“Memorial is doing great things in patient navigation, and we look forward to what will result from this award,” said Angie Patterson, Director of Georgia CORE and co-founder of CPNG. “Patient navigators are key members of the healthcare team who help remove barriers to care and access to care for the patient and their caregiver. As a survivor, I know first-hand the importance of navigation to improve the quality of cancer care.”

In 2011, Thomas F. Chapman, retired Equifax CEO and Board Chairman, and his wife, Karen, donated $250,000 to Georgia CORE to support and expand Cancer Patient Navigation initiatives in Georgia. Included in that gift was the grant awarded to MUMC. Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia is co-sponsored by Georgia CORE and GASCO; together the organizations have provided training, resources and networking for more than 265 navigators across the state.