About Cancer Patient Navigators
Georgia is one of the first states in the country to form a statewide multi-disciplinary organization for cancer patient navigators. Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia (CPNG) is comprised of individuals who serve people with all types of cancer, at all stages, in all types of settings. CPNG members have a diversity of education and training, but a shared mission: to connect, educate and share best practices among patient navigators in Georgia, as well as successfully reduce barriers and increase access to cancer-related services.
Established in 2009, CPNG’s website www.GACancerPatientNavigators.org has a “members only” section where cancer patient navigators across the state can share information and resources, as well as join special interest groups within CPNG. Co-sponsored by Georgia CORE and the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO), CPNG has more than 300 members working throughout the state.
Matt Mumber, MD Visionary Awards
Lynn Rabun is the recipient of the 2019 Matt Mumber Visionary Award. An Oncology Navigator at Redmond Regional Medical Center, Lynn helped develop and implement the first dedicated nurse navigation program for breast and GI patients at Redmond. Lynn's nominator described Lynn with the following words: "Lynn leads with her heart. She walks the cancer journey with patients as if she is walking it with someone she dearly loves. It is not just a job to her. Lynn demonstrates the holistic, compassionate care that the ‘Father of Navigation’,' Dr. Harold Freeman, envisioned years ago and Dr. Matt Mumber continues today."
Each year at its annual meeting, the Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia presents the award for Excellence in Patient Navigation to a Georgia resident, program or organization that has demonstrated an appreciation of the essential role of cancer patient navigators. This award includes a $2,000 grant co-sponsored by GASCO and Georgia CORE.
Past Matt Mumber Award Winners
2018 The Navigation Team at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion in Savannah
2017 Wanda Lowe, Wellstar West Georgia
2016 Wendy Bailey, Cartersville Medical
2015 Promotores de Salud Program
2013 Cancer Navigators, Inc.
2014 Rhonda Green, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, now Horizons Community Solutions
2012 Lisa Bridges, Northeast Georgia Medical Center