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The Blue Ribbon Foundation Supports Cancer Institute's Patient Navigation Program

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January 9, 2014
Pictured at the check presentation, from left to right, are: Laura Toole, Director of Community and Patient Services, Cancer Institute and Cynthia Yevich, Executive Director, The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute to support its Colorectal Cancer Screening Project.  The project is part of the Cancer Institute’s Patient Navigation Program.

The Patient Navigation Program helps individuals who are uninsured or underinsured access direct cancer-related health care services from screening through diagnosis, to treatment and aftercare. 

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves. 

BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  During its first decade of service, The Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grant funding to 170 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 186,000 at-risk individuals.