Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Announces National Recognitions In Medical And Radiation Oncology

BATON ROUGE, La. – Mary Bird Perkins’ radiation and medical oncology services have earned recognition from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Both accolades are prestigious accomplishments for the Cancer Center that recognize the comprehensive patient-focused programs for their exceptional resources and compassionate, highly-experienced doctors and team members.

“These accreditations serve as a shining example of our organization’s commitment to clinical excellence. Through our exclusive focus on cancer care, Mary Bird Perkins and our physician partners continue to set the standard for the highest quality care throughout the communities we serve,” said Jonas Fontenot, PhD, MBA, president and chief executive officer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “I could not be prouder of our teams. Their commitment and dedication advance our mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer.”

QOPI AccreditationThe credential received from ASCO, Quality Oncology Performance Improvement (QOPI), is a rigorous certification process that compares clinical performance from the Cancer Center to data from other practices across the country. To become QOPI® Certified, the Cancer Center submitted to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. Additionally, a survey was conducted to ensure the facility met key standards in areas of treatment. These re-certifications are for Mary Bird Perkins’ medical oncology programs at its Essen Lane and Woman’s Hospital locations. The Cancer Center’s Baton Rouge General and Gonzales locations, which house its newest medical oncology programs, have received their inaugural certifications.

Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates (LHOA) is Mary Bird Perkins’ exclusive medical oncology group for five locations throughout the state. LHOA has been QOPI-accredited for many years and has pioneered medical oncology practices throughout Louisiana, treating thousands of patients.

ACR Accreditation The credential received from ACR, Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation, is the gold standard for this specialty. The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with 30 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. Several Mary Bird Perkins radiation oncology programs received accreditation as a result of the recent ACR review. Locations receiving reaccreditation include the following: Baton Rouge Essen Lane, Woman’s Hospital, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond and Houma. The Cancer Center’s newest radiation oncology program in Natchez, MS, received ACR for the first time. 

Physician leadership for ACR certification is provided by Southeast Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group (SLROG), providing exclusive services for seven Mary Bird Perkins locations.

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About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at 10 centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Opelousas, Slidell, and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. Mary Bird Perkins has a strategic affiliation with OneOncology and the largest radiation and medical oncology groups from across the area including exclusive partnerships with Southeastern Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group, which provides radiation therapy throughout Mary Bird Perkins’ service areas, Northshore Oncology Associates, serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, specifically the communities of Covington and Slidell and Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, which services the Greater Baton Rouge area. For more information, please visit