PAF Expands Partnership with LIVESTRONG® to Offer New Access-to-Care Resources for Cancer Survivors
In-Person Case Management Services to be Provided On-Site at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center in Austin, TX.
HAMPTON, VA (February 4, 2011) – Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) – a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases – today announced an expanded partnership with LIVESTRONG® to offer new on-the-ground case management services for Austin clients that visit the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center.
PAF has a long standing partnership with LIVESTRONG and since 2004, has provided sustained, professional case management support to more than 3,000 LIVESTRONG clients annually. As a result of the organizations’ expanded partnership, on February 15, 2011 bi-lingual PAF case manager, Brendan Bietry, will begin providing on-site case management services at LIVESTRONG’s new walk-in Center in Austin. The Center provides free, confidential, in-person one-on-one support to anyone affected by cancer, including loved ones, friends, health care professionals and caregivers. Bietry will also conduct PAF outreach throughout Texas and will serve as PAF’s ambassador on the ground for LIVESTRONG sponsored events.
“We are excited and proud to expand our long-valued partnership with LIVESTRONG,” said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, CEO of PAF. “We strive to provide helpful and convenient resources and information to our patients, and the new LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center fits perfectly with that mission by providing one-on-one support to cancer patients and their loved ones. By partnering with groups like LIVESTRONG that share our commitment to improving the lives of cancer patients and their families, we hope to help more patients access the quality care they need and deserve.”
In addition to providing case management support to LIVESTRONG patient referrals over the last seven years, PAF representatives also serve on LIVESTRONG’s National Hispanic/Latino Advisory Board and have served as Expert Reviewers and Peer Reviewers for dozens of LIVESTRONG patient education publications.
“As an expansion of our navigation services offered in partnership with the Patient Advocate Foundation, we are pleased to welcome Brendan Bietry to the team at our LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center,” said Chris Dammert, Director of LIVESTRONG’s Navigation Services. “We are very excited about this new collaboration with PAF and look forward to the impact that The Center will have in Austin with this additional service.”
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG’s mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information visit LIVESTRONG.org.
About Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) and its companion organization, the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), were founded on the principle that health care is a basic human need and shared social responsibility. While NPAF focuses on policy change, PAF is a direct patient services organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases. Last year, PAF received more than 64,000 direct patient requests with complete case management mediation and arbitration services provided to patients from all fifty states and US territories. For more information, visit www.patientadvocate.org or call toll free (800) 532-5274.