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About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington

History of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Since 1998, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has provided cancer services to the Northshore community. In April 2012, the partnership took a significant step forward with the opening of the state-of-the-art Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington. 

The modern, comprehensive cancer facility provides the full spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. The Center’s services include medical oncology (chemo/immunotherapy), radiation therapy, imaging, clinical research trials, patient navigation, free community screenings, education and more. These services are readily available to Northshore residents where it matters most – close to family and just minutes from home.

Nationally accredited with commendation and recognized for excellence in cancer care by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington offers patients and families access to advanced technology and clinical expertise, along with compassion and individualized care. The Center’s experienced radiation oncologists, along with its team of medical physicists, utilize diagnostic and treatment technologies to their fullest extent to ensure the best outcome. For example the powerful Elekta Infinity linear accelerator allows for faster, more accurate treatments to target cancer and spare healthy tissue and organs. In addition, a full-service infusion suite provides safe, chemotherapy, immunotherapy treatments and other services. It is staffed by Northshore Oncology Associates’ medical oncologists and many caring chemo-certified nurses who are here to make treatments as comfortable as possible.

The Cancer Center occupies more than 20,000-square-feet and is adjacent to the St. Tammany hospital.

Accreditations

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR), Committee on Nuclear Medicine Accreditation. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, administered or by the patient, to diagnose or treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

COC Accreditation

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 38 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Covington is a designated Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. This acknowledges organizations adhering to LCA’s quality standards, the National Framework of Excellence, which includes: utilizing quality screening methods, employing recommended criteria for selecting high-risk individuals for screening and educating about risks and benefits, and providing evaluation and follow-up with a multidisciplinary team of experts.

For more information read the press release here

The Commission on Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) has granted full reaccreditation to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Medical Physics Residency Program. Mary Bird Perkins is the first center in Louisiana to establish such a program, helping provide highly specialized professionals to the workforce and enhanced care for cancer patients. Mary Bird Perkins has been accredited by CAMPEP since 2014.

For more information, read the press release here.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center was been named an Innovator Award recipient by the Association of Community Cancer Centers for the organization’s early detection program. Through the Innovator Award, organizations are recognized for their forward-thinking, pioneering solutions for the effective delivery of cancer care. Mary Bird’s early detection program is working to help reduce mortality especially among the uninsured and underinsured adults who are traditionally underserved and experience even higher rates of mortality than the general population.

For more information, read the press release here.

Louisiana and Gulf South residents have more options to seek advanced cancer treatment, thanks to a $13.6 million National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) award. Presented to LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the NCORP grant focuses on conducting multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in many Louisiana communities. Mary Bird Perkins, along with other partners, will work in partnership with LSU Health New Orleans, referred to collectively as the Gulf South Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program.

For more information, read the press release here.

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – Hammond

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – Hammond

History of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

In the late 1960s, sixteen community leaders headed by Dr. M.J. Rathbone, Jr. and Anna B. Lipsey saw the need for a community owned, nonprofit radiation cancer facility in the greater Baton Rouge area. With both the vision and financial support of the Baton Rouge community the Cancer Radiation and Research Foundation – now known as Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – was established.

In 1968, the Foundation held a capital campaign capped by a generous gift of land from philanthropist Paul D. Perkins, whom he made in honor of his late daughter, Mary Bird. In 1971, the Mary Bird Perkins Radiation Treatment Center opened its doors in Baton Rouge. After 14 years of operation, in 1985, Mary Bird Perkins relocated to its present site on Essen Lane and installed the first linear accelerator in the state. The following year, in 1986, the name of the center was changed to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

In 1988, the first satellite treatment center was opened in Hammond, followed by six more Centers in southeast Louisiana and Mississippi: Covington in 1998, Houma in 2008, Gonzales in 2009 and Natchez in 2019. In 2018, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital opened the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion and partnered with Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Additionally, the Cancer Center partners with LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic.

From its inception, the mission of Mary Bird Perkins has been to provide the highest quality radiation therapy and compassionate support to all patients and their families. This commitment, created by the Center’s founders, has been generously supported year after year by the local community.

Today, Mary Bird Perkins is not only a leader in providing state-of-the-art radiation therapy across southeast Louisiana and the Natchez, MS area, but it is also bringing screenings and early detection programs, education and research to its service areas. Through multiple innovative partnerships, Mary Bird Perkins is succeeding in its mission to fight cancer.

Mary Bird Perkins was and still remains a community initiative. It is through support from the community and partner organizations that the organization will successfully meet future challenges of providing patients with state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive community cancer care.

Accreditations

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Hammond has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR), Committee on Nuclear Medicine Accreditation. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, administered or by the patient, to diagnose or treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services

The Commission on Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) has granted full reaccreditation to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Medical Physics Residency Program. Mary Bird Perkins is the first center in Louisiana to establish such a program, helping provide highly specialized professionals to the workforce and enhanced care for cancer patients. Mary Bird Perkins has been accredited by CAMPEP since 2014.

For more information, read the press release here.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center was been named an Innovator Award recipient by the Association of Community Cancer Centers for the organization’s early detection program. Through the Innovator Award, organizations are recognized for their forward-thinking, pioneering solutions for the effective delivery of cancer care. Mary Bird’s early detection program is working to help reduce mortality especially among the uninsured and underinsured adults who are traditionally underserved and experience even higher rates of mortality than the general population. For more information, read the press release here.

Louisiana and Gulf South residents have more options to seek advanced cancer treatment, thanks to a $13.6 million National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) award. Presented to LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the NCORP grant focuses on conducting multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in many Louisiana communities. Mary Bird Perkins, along with other partners, will work in partnership with LSU Health New Orleans, referred to collectively as the Gulf South Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program.

For more information, read the press release here.

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – Gonzales

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – Gonzales

History

MARY BIRD PERKINS CANCER CENTER

In the late 1960s, sixteen community leaders headed by Dr. M.J. Rathbone, Jr. and Anna B. Lipsey saw the need for a community owned, nonprofit radiation cancer facility in the greater Baton Rouge area. With both the vision and financial support of the Baton Rouge community the Cancer Radiation and Research Foundation – now known as Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – was established.

In 1968, the Foundation held a capital campaign capped by a generous gift of land from philanthropist Paul D. Perkins, whom he made in honor of his late daughter, Mary Bird. In 1971, the Mary Bird Perkins Radiation Treatment Center opened its doors in Baton Rouge. After 14 years of operation, in 1985, Mary Bird Perkins relocated to its present site on Essen Lane and installed the first linear accelerator in the state. The following year, in 1986, the name of the center was changed to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

In 1988, the first satellite treatment center was opened in Hammond, followed by six more Centers in southeast Louisiana and Mississippi: Covington in 1998, Houma in 2008, Gonzales in 2009 and Natchez in 2019. In 2018, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital opened the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion and partnered with Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Additionally, the Cancer Center partners with LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic.

From its inception, the mission of Mary Bird Perkins has been to provide the highest quality radiation therapy and compassionate support to all patients and their families. This commitment, created by the Center’s founders, has been generously supported year after year by the local community.

Today, Mary Bird Perkins is not only a leader in providing state-of-the-art radiation therapy across southeast Louisiana and the Natchez, MS area, but it is also bringing screenings and early detection programs, education and research to its service areas. Through multiple innovative partnerships, Mary Bird Perkins is succeeding in its mission to fight cancer.

Mary Bird Perkins was and still remains a community initiative. It is through support from the community and partner organizations that the organization will successfully meet future challenges of providing patients with state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive community cancer care.

Partners

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE ASCENSION

Mary Bird Perkins and Our Lady of the Lake Ascension (formerly St. Elizabeth Hospital) have partnered for years to provide high-quality cancer services in Ascension Parish. When the doors of this Cancer Center opened in early 2009, the breadth, scope and quality of services available to cancer patients in Ascension Parish were expanded. Today, the Cancer Center offers the most advanced cancer-fighting technology and vital on-site services including nutritional, social and survivorship services, early detection and outreach programs, as well as patient financial counseling.

This Center represents the forward-thinking, innovative efforts Our Lady of the Lake Ascension and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to ensure advanced cancer care is available in local communities.

CANCER SERVICES

Cancer Services and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) joined forces in an effort to provide support services to those impacted by cancer in Southeast Louisiana. For more than 60 years, the organization has worked closely with cancer patients during their treatment and recovery to ensure they maintain a healthy wellbeing, medical equipment, nutritional supplements and more. Cancer centers from throughout the region refer patients and their families to Cancer Services for critical support and assistance to patients and their families.

Cancer Services serves about 4,000 people per year, including children and their siblings impacted by cancer.

Accreditations

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Gonzales has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR), Committee on Nuclear Medicine Accreditation. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, administered or by the patient, to diagnose or treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The Commission on Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) has granted full reaccreditation to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Medical Physics Residency Program. Mary Bird Perkins is the first center in Louisiana to establish such a program, helping provide highly specialized professionals to the workforce and enhanced care for cancer patients. Mary Bird Perkins has been accredited by CAMPEP since 2014.

For more information, read the press release here.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center was been named an Innovator Award recipient by the Association of Community Cancer Centers for the organization’s early detection program. Through the Innovator Award, organizations are recognized for their forward-thinking, pioneering solutions for the effective delivery of cancer care. Mary Bird’s early detection program is working to help reduce mortality especially among the uninsured and underinsured adults who are traditionally underserved and experience even higher rates of mortality than the general population.

For more information, read the press release here.

Louisiana and Gulf South residents have more options to seek advanced cancer treatment, thanks to a $13.6 million National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) award. Presented to LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the NCORP grant focuses on conducting multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in many Louisiana communities. Mary Bird Perkins, along with other partners, will work in partnership with LSU Health New Orleans, referred to collectively as the Gulf South Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program.

For more information, read the press release here.

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – Natchez

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – Natchez

History

MARY BIRD PERKINS CANCER CENTER IN NATCHEZ

In 2019, Caring River Cancer Center merged with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to expand its level of care for the Natchez region. Through this partnership, community residents and the surrounding areas have access to Mary Bird Perkins’ extensive early detection services, imaging technology and comprehensive treatment services.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Natchez carries on the strong, rich legacy of Caring River Cancer Center while looking to the future to provide expert and individualized care to patients and their loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis.

MARY BIRD PERKINS CANCER CENTER

In the late 1960s, sixteen community leaders headed by Dr. M.J. Rathbone, Jr. and Anna B. Lipsey saw the need for a community owned, nonprofit radiation cancer facility in the greater Baton Rouge area. With both the vision and financial support of the Baton Rouge community the Cancer Radiation and Research Foundation – now known as Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center – was established.

In 1968, the Foundation held a capital campaign capped by a generous gift of land from philanthropist Paul D. Perkins, whom he made in honor of his late daughter, Mary Bird. In 1971, the Mary Bird Perkins Radiation Treatment Center opened its doors in Baton Rouge. After 14 years of operation, in 1985, Mary Bird Perkins relocated to its present site on Essen Lane and installed the first linear accelerator in the state. The following year, in 1986, the name of the center was changed to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

In 1988, the first satellite treatment center was opened in Hammond, followed by six more Centers in southeast Louisiana and Mississippi: Covington in 1998, Houma in 2008, Gonzales in 2009 and Natchez in 2019. In 2018, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital opened the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion and partnered with Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Additionally, the Cancer Center partners with LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic.

From its inception, the mission of Mary Bird Perkins has been to provide the highest quality radiation therapy and compassionate support to all patients and their families. This commitment, created by the Center’s founders, has been generously supported year after year by the local community.

Today, Mary Bird Perkins is not only a leader in providing state-of-the-art radiation therapy across southeast Louisiana and the Natchez, MS area, but it is also bringing screenings and early detection programs, education and research to its service areas. Through multiple innovative partnerships, Mary Bird Perkins is succeeding in its mission to fight cancer.

Mary Bird Perkins was and still remains a community initiative. It is through support from the community and partner organizations that the organization will successfully meet future challenges of providing patients with state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive community cancer care.

About Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

About Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

Welcome

LINDA LEE, VICE PRESIDENT, CANCER SERVICE LINE

Every patient who enters our door has walked a different path. Cancer brings them to us, but we understand that each patient is much more than their diagnosis. They come to us with their own life experiences and perceptions and strengths. We acknowledge this individuality in our patients with respect and awe. Our patients inspire us. They teach us. Keeping patients at the center of our thoughts and actions drives our commitment to offer the most advanced cancer care possible.

Our commitment extends in many ways. This includes offering breakthrough technology, targeting radiation to the unique shape of an individual’s brain tumor, eliminating it without harming healthy tissue. Our commitment can be recognized when an outreach team member listens closely to a screening participant who is scared because of her family history.

Or, when a medical physicist designs a new device to more effectively and safely deliver a specialized treatment for an individual patient. Our navigators join families in developing resources and support to meet special needs. And our physician teams meet regularly to implement advanced practice standards to optimally treat many types of cancers. Every day, in so many ways, each patient’s needs and preferences are present with us, and honored.

Please browse our website to learn more about our efforts as we strive to provide the best individualized care possible. And don’t hesitate to contact us if we can assist you or answer any questions.

Linda Lee is the Vice President, Cancer Service Line, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. She has overseen the daily operations of the Cancer Center since 2011, including the facility’s more than $24 million renovation and expansion in 2015. Linda was named one of eight Louisianians of the Year by myNewOrleans.com and Renaissance Publishing in 2016 and is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

History

MARY BIRD PERKINS – OUR LADY OF THE LAKE CANCER CENTER

In the early 1990s, two community organizations dedicated to service and quality patient care came together to help cancer patients. It was then that Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, both specializing in different areas of cancer treatment, began discussing how combining their expertise and resources could offer the most effective, high quality care for cancer patients and their families, close to home. Today, this unique partnership, now known as Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, is committed to providing highly personalized care, supporting each patient’s individual cancer journey.

MARY BIRD PERKINS CANCER CENTER

In the late 1960s, community leaders saw the need for a community-owned cancer radiation treatment center in the greater Baton Rouge area that would provide local access to quality care. These passionate volunteers worked together to cap off a successful fundraising campaign to establish the new organization. A local businessman Paul Perkins made a generous donation to the radiation treatment center and the Board of Directors honored his daughter’s memory by naming the center after her. Mary Bird Perkins Radiation Treatment Center opened its doors in 1971 on the Woman’s Hospital campus and a tradition of excellence and compassion began, setting the stage for what would later become Louisiana’s leading cancer care organization.

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Our Lady of the Lake’s story began when six Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Sisters made a historic voyage to America to further their order’s mission of serving the sick in Louisiana. In 1923, Mother Marie de Bethanie Crowley founded Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium in downtown Baton Rouge with the hospital relocating to its current location on Essen Lane in 1978 to better serve a growing population. Today, Our Lady of the Lake is one of the largest healthcare providers in Louisiana and is committed to building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education while extending its healing ministry and Spirit of Healing to the surrounding region.

Partners

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL) have been accredited together since 1992 by The American College of Surgeons, which is the gold-standard for community-based cancer care. However, the National Cancer Institute’s competitive selection of the Cancer Center as a National Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) site in 2007 quickly accelerated the partnership’s progress.

Together through NCCCP, MBPCC and OLOL and only 20 other facilities throughout the country helped develop a best practice model for community cancer care until the program’s completion in summer 2014. NCCCP collaboration helped the Cancer Center launch or enhance many of its programs, including survivorship services, early phase clinical trials, screenings for disparate populations and multidisciplinary cancer care teams that focus on colorectal, lung, skin and head and neck cancers.

In 2012, MBPCC and OLOL entered into an agreement signifying an even closer, integrated alliance in providing cancer care to the surrounding communities. Jointly branded as Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, the two organizations are moving forward together as a destination cancer center for the Gulf South, offering robust inpatient and outpatient care, both comprehensive and innovative in scope.

WOMAN’S HOSPITAL

Since 2017, Woman’s Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center have partnered to increase access to cancer care for women battling breast and gynecologic (GYN) cancers. This collaboration blends the recognized expertise of each organization in caring for women with cancer to deliver the most advanced, coordinated care throughout Baton Rouge and region. The partnership has increased access to physician specialists, offered additional treatment options and clinical trials and enhanced support and survivorship programs. In addition, physicians, nurses and other cancer care professionals have access to a wider array of resources to provide the most focused, individualized patient care plans. In 2018, the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion was built, providing a physical location to offer a convenient, comprehensive array of Breast & GYN cancer services. The state-of-the-art facility is located on Woman’s Hospital’s campus and houses diagnostic services, outpatient surgery, infusion (chemotherapy), radiation therapy, clinical trials and physician offices. Women from throughout the region are choosing the Breast & GYN Cancer Pavilion to receive the unique level of care offered by some of the foremost experts in the country.

LANE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

In 2018, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center partnered with Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary to provide enhanced care to Zachary-area patients in need of medical oncology services. Through this partnership, patients have access to expert medical oncology care, infusion therapy and other support resources. Because of this partnership, Zachary residents can seek cancer treatment closer to home, near their loved ones. This Center strives to define new and innovative ways to enhance overall patient care coordination and outcomes to help improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer.

LSU HEALTH BATON ROUGE NORTH CLINIC

Offering state-of-the-art infusion services, the LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic has 15 treatment chairs and serves approximately 300 patients a month. Three medical oncologists and a nurse practitioner from the Cancer Center staff this location which is convenient to its patient population at 5439 Airline Hwy.

Services include Clinical Trials, Diagnostic Imaging, and Medical Oncology.

CANCER SERVICES

Cancer Services and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC) joined forces in an effort to provide support services to those impacted by cancer in Southeast Louisiana. For more than 60 years, the organization has worked closely with cancer patients during their treatment and recovery to ensure they maintain a healthy wellbeing, medical equipment, nutritional supplements and more. Cancer centers from throughout the region refer patients and their families to Cancer Services for critical support and assistance to patients and their families. Cancer Services serves about 4,000 people per year, including children and their siblings impacted by cancer.

Cancer Center Leadership Team

Todd Stevens
President, CEO
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Terrie Sterling
Chief Operating Officer
Our Lady of the Lake

Vickie Hall
VP Medical Oncology & Clinic Operations
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Dr. Charles Wood
Radiation Ongologist
Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

Linda Lee
Cancer Center Administrator
Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

Stephanie Manson
Vice President of Operations – Epic
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

Renea Duffin
Cancer Support, Outreach & Clinical Research
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Dr. Daniel Nuss
Otolaryngologist
Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

Accreditations


The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. 

Nation Accreditation Program for Rectal CancerThe National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, has awarded a three-year accreditation to Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. To achieve NAPRC accreditation, a rectal cancer center must demonstrate compliance with the NAPRC standards that emphasize Program Management, Clinical Services and Quality Improvement. In addition, programs must meet standards in addressing the clinical services that the rectal cancer program provides, including Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) testing, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerize Tomography (CT) imaging for cancer staging, and ensuring that a patient starts treatment within a defined time frame. Rectal centers seeking accreditation must be accredited by the Commission on Cancer and undergo a site visit every three years.

For more information, read the press release here. 

Our Lady of the Lake was recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. The award recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions.

ASCO QOPI Certification ProgramLouisiana Hematology Oncology Associates (LHOA) and Medical Oncology, LLC, physician practices affiliated with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, have been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program (QCP™), a subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®).

QCP builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), providing a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.

LHOA has been QOPI-accredited since 2010 and 2019 marks Medical Oncology’s inaugural accreditation.

For more information, read the press release here.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Thomas J. Moran Imaging Center has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR), Committee on Nuclear Medicine Accreditation. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, administered or by the patient, to diagnose or treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is a designated Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance. The Cancer Center is the first center in Louisiana to receive this recognition. This acknowledges organizations adhering to LCA’s quality standards, the National Framework of Excellence, which includes: utilizing quality screening methods, employing recommended criteria for selecting high-risk individuals for screening and educating about risks and benefits, and providing evaluation and follow-up with a multidisciplinary team of experts.

For more information read the press release here.

The Commission on Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) has granted full reaccreditation to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Medical Physics Residency Program. Mary Bird Perkins is the first center in Louisiana to establish such a program, helping provide highly specialized professionals to the workforce and enhanced care for cancer patients. Mary Bird Perkins has been accredited by CAMPEP since 2014.

For more information, read the press release here.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center was been named an Innovator Award recipient by the Association of Community Cancer Centers for the organization’s early detection program. Through the Innovator Award, organizations are recognized for their forward-thinking, pioneering solutions for the effective delivery of cancer care. Mary Bird’s early detection program is working to help reduce mortality especially among the uninsured and underinsured adults who are traditionally underserved and experience even higher rates of mortality than the general population.

For more information, read the press release here.

Louisiana and Gulf South residents have more options to seek advanced cancer treatment, thanks to a $13.6 million National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) award. Presented to LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the NCORP grant focuses on conducting multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in many Louisiana communities. Mary Bird Perkins, along with other partners, will work in partnership with LSU Health New Orleans, referred to collectively as the Gulf South Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program.

For more information, read the press release here.

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Houma

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Houma

History of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

In 2008, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center formed a partnership with Terrebonne General Health System and Cancer Care Specialists. Each party had one goal in mind: to offer residents of the Bayou Region a comprehensive cancer center, close to home.

Since then, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Houma has grown and evolved to meet the needs of the community, but its mission has remained the same: to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer. This mission is especially important in Louisiana – a state that suffers from high cancer mortality rates due to lack of access to care, delayed diagnosis and other factors.

As a comprehensive cancer facility, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center provides the full continuum of cancer care – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. The Center’s services include screening, mammography, education, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Clinical trials and patient navigators – nurses who guide patients through the treatment process – are available as well.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offers world-class diagnostic and treatment technology, including the Elekta Infinity linear accelerator. This leading-edge technology enable faster, more accurate treatments.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offers free cancer screenings, community education and support opportunities for cancer patients throughout the year. Residents of the Bayou Region can also get free cancer screenings though the Early Bird, a mobile medical clinic that helps bring early detection to the uninsured at times and locations that are convenient.

The new center – constructed by the McDonnel Group – is also the first building in the region and the first hospital in Louisiana to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. And while these achievements are something to celebrate, the real focus of the new Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is the patient.

Accreditations

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, a partnership with Terrebonne General Health System, has received reaccreditation by the QOPI Certification Program (QCP™), an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

QCP builds on ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), providing a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care.

The Cancer Center first achieved certification in 2015. In applying for recertification, a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines was conducted and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP.

For more information, read the press release here.

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, a partnership with Terrebonne General Health System. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 38 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.


Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, a partnership with Terrebonne General Health System, has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR), Committee on Nuclear Medicine Accreditation. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, administered or by the patient, to diagnose or treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.


Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, a partnership with Terrebonne General Health System, is a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology. This acknowledges that the center meets the ACR’s standards for Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The Commission on Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) has granted full reaccreditation to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Medical Physics Residency Program. Mary Bird Perkins is the first center in Louisiana to establish such a program, helping provide highly specialized professionals to the workforce and enhanced care for cancer patients. Mary Bird Perkins has been accredited by CAMPEP since 2014.

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Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center was been named an Innovator Award recipient by the Association of Community Cancer Centers for the organization’s early detection program. Through the Innovator Award, organizations are recognized for their forward-thinking, pioneering solutions for the effective delivery of cancer care. Mary Bird’s early detection program is working to help reduce mortality especially among the uninsured and underinsured adults who are traditionally underserved and experience even higher rates of mortality than the general population.

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Louisiana and Gulf South residents have more options to seek advanced cancer treatment, thanks to a $13.6 million National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) award. Presented to LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the NCORP grant focuses on conducting multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies in many Louisiana communities. Mary Bird Perkins, along with other partners, will work in partnership with LSU Health New Orleans, referred to collectively as the Gulf South Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program.

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Leadership

Monica Allen
Cancer Service Line Administrator
Terrebonne General Health System

Mary Miller
VP of Physician Services
Terrebonne General Health System

Diane Yeates
Chief Operating Officer
Terrebonne General Health System

La Cloche de la Vie

The last day of treatment offers a special time of celebration. Spouses, children, mothers, fathers and the care team surround the patient as they ring La Cloche de la Vie, or The Bell of Life. The bell signifies the end of one journey and the beginning of another. The ringing of the bell is for all to hear – some patients choose to gently ring it while others strike it hard. Regardless of how they choose to celebrate this triumph, it is an unprecedented moment of joy.