UNC Lay Navigation Program Awarded $5,000 Lenovo Grant

January, 2018: Lenovo Employees Care Community Council recently awarded UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center a $5,000 community engagement grant in recognition of the volunteer hours provided by one of their employees, Michael Hare. 

Michael Hare
Michael Hare and Hazel Hampton, RN, BSN, CMSRN, review the new patient handbook at the N.C. Cancer Hospital's head and neck oncology surgical unit.
Michael, a volunteer lay patient navigator at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, submitted the application. Lenovo awards technology and cash grants ranging from $1000 to $5000 every quarter to non-profits on behalf of employee volunteers. Anyone who has volunteered 32 hours since April 1, 2017 and submitted their hours online is eligible.

“This grant recognizes Michael’s great work at the hospital” said Jean Sellers, administrative clinical director at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, “we are truly grateful for his support and the support of Lenovo.”

The UNC Model of Lay Patient Navigation has received national recognition as an innovative care delivery system. Lay patient navigators are specially trained volunteers who help to make the cancer journey easier for patients and their families at the NC Cancer Hospital, the clinical arm of UNC Lineberger. Working as part of the health care team, lay navigators ensure patients have the necessary non-clinical support, such as financial and transportation resources, and information delivered in a clear and respectful manner.