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    Volunteer Patient Navigators
    for Cancer Services

    2013 Annual Report on PhilanthropyVictor Yee, volunteer patient navigator at the Bryan Hemming Cancer Center

    Victor Yee, volunteer patient navigator at the Bryan Hemming Cancer Center

    In one of the pioneering programs funded in 2013 by Grants & Disbursements, volunteers are now being trained to assist cancer patients and their families in navigating the care trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship. In caring for patients with a range of needs, CPMC recognized that access to care could be increased and support to families enhanced by lay persons working hand in hand with the medical team.

    “Because of how common it is that cancer touches most people’s lives, we recognize that there is a population within the community who wish to ease the experience for others,” says Karen Sein, director of Cancer Services. “This community ranges from students seeking to gain professional, clinical-related experience to individuals who have been personally impacted by cancer.”

    Volunteers undergo training that will build skills and engage individuals in understanding the mission and values of cancer care at CPMC. For more information, please contact Daniel Agredano at 415-600-3072 or agredad@sutterhealth.org.

    Access to care is increased and support to families enhanced
    by lay persons working hand-in-hand with the medical team.