Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center provides the most patient-focused, innovative and compassionate care anywhere in the region. An expression of this commitment to quality and excellence is a $23 million Cancer Center renovation and expansion project, designed with patients and their families in mind.
The recently completed construction project included modernizing building systems and expanding areas for additional and enhanced services, as well as installing advanced cancer-fighting technology.
While this expansion and renovation spans nearly every area of the Cancer Center, previews of the most visible patient and visitor areas are highlighted in this virtual tour.
COATES ENTRY PAVILION
For patient convenience, separate drop-off and pick-up locations are designated allowing patients to arrive and depart more easily. Over a dozen cars are able to fit in the carpool circle at any given time.
Patients are greeted immediately upon arrival by members of the Guest Services Team who are on hand to provide patients with an excellent experience from the moment they arrive until they exit the Cancer Center. Guest Services Greeters communicate with additional team members stationed at the front desk, ready to assist arriving patients in any way necessary.
The Meditation Art Wall is a key architectural feature that sets the tone of the Cancer Center. Designed by artist Stephen Wilson, the 174 individual layered pieces of colorful and translucent glass convey a dramatic connection between the physical and emotional aspects of the healing process.
Special donor recognition areas are also located near the entrance to recognize the many generous and compassionate individuals, businesses and organizations that have taken the fight against cancer forward.
A new, direct main corridor connecting the Cancer Center and hospital allows patients and visitors ease of movement between inpatient and outpatient areas.
THOMAS J. MORAN IMAGING CENTER
Named after T.J. Moran, a grateful patient who was moved by the expert care he received and made a $1 million donation to the Cancer Center, the Imaging Center fulfills a dream of Mr. Moran’s to have all cancer diagnostics in one area.
Comprehensive imaging services include digital X-ray, nuclear medicine, CT, SPECT/CT, PET/CT and MRI, with growth to include fluoroscopy, mammography and ultrasound.
RADIATION ONCOLOGY CLINIC
For greater efficiency, the expanded dosimetry area – where radiation oncologists and physicists collaborate to develop each patient’s individualized radiation treatment plan – is located near the physician offices.
ANNA B. LIPSEY WAITING ROOM
Waiting time is minimal for radiation patients, but the Anna B. Lipsey waiting room offers a comfortable and relaxing environment in which to do so. The room is named in honor of Mrs. Lipsey who, over 40 years ago, was one of the Cancer Center’s founders and served as a volunteer board member for many years.
Presenting beauty to patients while waiting, patients and family members can reflect on the artwork created by regional artists to help decrease anxiety, one component of our multi-faceted Healing Arts Program for both patients and the public.
RADIATION ONCOLOGY TREATMENT AREA
Revolutionary cancer radiation therapy is provided by the Elekta Versa HD technology. We are one of the first in North America with this machine.
40-50 percent faster, more targeted treatments with Versa HD means increased patient comfort due to average treatment time of only 5-10 minutes; leverages the latest advances in technology to enable treatment of traditionally challenging cases.
Three additional radiation therapy machines all with specific technologies for fighting cancer: Elekta Infinity, TomoTherapy and Novalis BrainLab.
BISHOP OTT CONFERENCE CENTER
The high-tech Rathbone Conference Room, named after Dr. M.J. Rathbone, a longtime board member and one of the original founders, offers a progressive environment for our collaborative physician multidisciplinary care teams.
Multidisciplinary Care (MDC) Teams enhance outcomes by collaborating to ensure cancers are managed from every angle. Teams target the most common and aggressive cancers: colorectal, head & neck, skin and lung.
LEGACY AND EMPLOYEE WALLS
The Legacy Wall captures the history and key milestones of Mary Bird Perkins’ and Our Lady of the Lake’s individual and shared contributions to cancer care in the community. Also on this wall are listed the Cancer Center’s key fundraising campaigns throughout the last four decades and those who contributed to their success.
The adjacent wall is a tribute to our team members who have given generously in so many ways, including Partners of Hope – our annual employee giving campaign.
Sister Linda Constantin, a Franciscan Missionary of Our Lady Sister who contributed substantially to Our Lady of the Lake and courageously battled cancer until she passed away in 2005, is recognized here along with the team member award created in her honor.
RILEY BILLINGS PALLIATIVE AND SUPPORT CARE CLINIC
The clinic provides easy, convenient access to many important supportive services, such as pain and symptom management, psychosocial and emotional support, assistance with complicated decision making and advance care planning.
The clinic was designed with cancer patients in mind, including wide doors for wheel chairs and other accommodations for patients who have difficulty moving from one place to another. It is the only outpatient palliative/supportive care clinic in Louisiana.
THE LOUISIANA HEMATOLOGY ONCOLOGY ASSOCIATES (LHOA) CLINIC
A Medical Oncology Lab offers expanded blood draw and laboratory processing.
State-of-the-art inpatient oncology unit located on 5 West within Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, provides intensive, personalized support for those patients requiring around-the-clock care. Ensuring the safest, high-quality care and staffed entirely by bio-certified nurses, the Capitol Region’s only stem cell transplant center is located within the unit.
CLINICAL RESEARCH AND TRIALS
Managed by the Cancer Center’s clinical research team to find new and better ways to help cancer patients. Through a National Cancer Institute grant and partnerships with LSU-New Orleans and LSU-Shreveport, we are able to provide access to clinical trials to about 80 percent of the state, including most rural and urban areas.
GERRY LANE INFUSION CENTER
A dedicated 14,000-square- foot infusion suite, largest in the Gulf South region, offers personalized and soothing aesthetics to allow patients to receive chemotherapy treatments in a more relaxing environment.
For enhanced patient comfort, the suite includes three private infusion rooms and 52 semi-private infusion bays, each including TVs, headsets and Wi-Fi for mobile devices. With 100% oncology certified nurses on staff, we provide the most compassionate, safe and high quality care available.
For safety and quality, video cameras and digital systems are used to validate drug prep. The Pharmacy is staffed with experts: four full-time pharmacists and technicians.
LSU HEALTH NORTH CLINIC
Offering state-of-the-art infusion services, the LSU Health North Baton Rouge Clinic has 15 treatment chairs and serves approximately 300 patients a month. Four medical oncologists and a nurse practitioner from the Cancer Center staff this location which is convenient to its patient population at 5439 Airline Hwy. The clinic serves those most in need, indigent and uninsured populations.