Who we are – Sage Screening Programs

Who we are
Sage Screening Programs

The Sage Screening Programs help keep Minnesotans healthy through screening and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. Screenings are provided at participating locations free of charge to people who qualify.

Sage hosts screening events and does targeted outreach that both work to recruit and enroll patients into the Sage Programs. Sage is also concerned about risk factors for cancer – including tobacco use. We’ll connect anyone interested in quitting smoking with the QUITPLAN Helpline.

Toll free call center 1-888-643-2584

The Sage Program maintains a Call Center, staffed by patient navigators who speak several languages. The navigators answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and assist Minnesota callers with program eligibility, identifying and addressing barriers to screening, scheduling appointments, and providing referrals to appropriate resources. The number to call is 1-888-643-2584.

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Screening services

Since 1991, the Sage provider network has grown to over 450 clinic sites across Minnesota, providing breast and cervical cancer screening to more than 150,000 women. These services are part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP), which has served more than four million women since it began. Sage also receives funds from the State of Minnesota and Susan G. Komen to support screening services.

Minnesota is one of 25 states and four tribes that also offer colorectal cancer screening through the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP). In Minnesota alone, it is projected that 2,140 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2015 and 760 will die.1

The Sage Innovations Program works with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to develop and implement an innovative, cost-effective approach to increase breast and colorectal cancer screening rates among all of Minnesota’s Medicaid beneficiaries. Highly-effective direct mail materials are paired with a small financial incentive and patient navigation to increase age and gender appropriate screening for these cancers. More than 1.2 million Minnesotans are potentially reached by this program.


The Sage Program has a wide network of partners that work together to reduce the burden of cancer by providing access to and promoting breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening services for Minnesota’s uninsured and underinsured.


The Sage Program has long-standing relationships with select clinics to provide funding for case management and screening services for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. In addition, Sage has awarded grants for special projects that add to services by focusing on those people who are most in need of screening services.

Sage Program contacts

  • Main Line:  651-201-5600
  • Billing Line:  651- 201-5630
  • Fax:  651-201-5601
  • Call Center:  888-643-2584



Phone – Email

For questions about:

Sage Main Line


(651) 201-5600

General information

  • Program Information
  • Material Ordering
  • Authorizations, etc.  

Program Director

Shelly Madigan

(651) 201-5618


Follow-up Coordinator

Nikki Kuechenmeister

(651) 201-5904

  • Follow-up forms
  • Quality of care issues

Outreach & Recruitment

Mary Gothard


  • Outreach
  • Patient Recruitment

Regional Coordinator

GayLynn Richards

651) 201-5632

  • Screening
  • Eligibility
  • Clinic Training
  • Patient Care issues

Regional Coordinator

Liz Wilson-Lopp

(651) 201-5617

  • Screening
  • Eligibility
  • Clinic Training
  • Patient Care issues

1American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2015