About 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.


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’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.



The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Gold-level Commendation 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. 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.

As a CoC-accredited facility for more than 20 years, the Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at


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.


Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates (LHOA), part of Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, 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.

LHOA first achieved certification in November 2010 and is one of only two oncology practices in Louisiana with the designation. In applying for recertification, LHOA participated in a voluntary comprehensive site assessment against clearly specified standards that are consistent with national guidelines and was successful in meeting the standards and objectives of QCP.

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.


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“Being on stage at the Open House Celebration and ringing the bell for completing treatment felt like my homecoming; it was my moment,” said Blake. “Looking out over the crowd and seeing all the beautiful faces of those who took such good care of me made my heart full.”


2016_olol_blog_ruth_header_v1“When you don’t speak English, you’re always fearful language will be a barrier to your care but that was not the case,” said Ruth. “Now, I tell people to not be afraid and take advantage of the Cancer Center’s free screening services; they will be with you every step of the way. They saved my life.”

“Cuando uno no habla Inglés, uno siempre tiene miedo de que esto cree una barrera para recibir los cuidados propios para nuestra salud,” dice Ruth. “Ahora, le digo a todo el mundo que no tenga miedo de buscar ayuda y aprovechar los servicios gratis de detección para el Cáncer que ofrece el Centro del Cáncer; ellos los guiarán durante cada paso de el proceso. Ellos salvaron mi vida.”


“I received the same answer from other healthcare facilities all over the country: my tumor was inoperable,” said Elizabeth. “But Dr. Lyons understood my disease in a way others didn’t; he possessed expertise that others didn’t. He saved my life, so now as a social worker I can help other people fighting cancer.”


“I want to continue doing what I do best: make people laugh. I also want to travel, dance and fish. I’ve got so much life left to live and with the help of God, Dr. Cataldo and immunotherapy, I’m going to do just that.”


“I’m in remission, but my aggressive cancer could return. I’ve had to become more comfortable with uncertainty and that’s not always easy,” said Clyde. “But when we participate in massage, meditation or art programs, there is a real positive change that happens within our minds and bodies. It’s helping us learn to better manage the struggles and embrace the triumphs.”

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