Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Hosts ‘Together We Triumph’ Learning Series in Covington

COVINGTON, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center hosted its’ initial “Together We Triumph” Cancer Series event on Oct. 4 at the Greater Covington Center. This free educational event featured a panel of Northshore-area oncology experts from the Cancer Center and other regional providers. “Together We Triumph” served as an opportunity for local cancer patients, survivors, healthcare providers and community supporters to learn more about the latest advancements in cancer care and the many ways in which Mary Bird Perkins is serving communities across the Northshore.

Panelists included:

  • Scott Bermudez, M.D., radiation oncologist, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Vera Hendrix, M.D., a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, Lakeshore Surgical
  • Patricia Braly, M.D., gynecological oncologist, Women’s Cancer Care
  • Jack Saux, M.D., medical oncologist, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
  • Agustin Suarez, M.D., palliative medicine, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

“Our ‘Together We Triumph’ event showcased the exceptional level of cancer expertise and personalized care that exists in the Northshore community,” said Jonas Fontenot, Ph.D., MBA, president and chief executive officer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “We have a long history of providing care for residents here on the Northshore. In fact, for over two decades, we have offered local patients access to state of the art technology and access to some of our nation’s most talented and experienced oncologists. Every patient that walks through our Cancer Center receives personalized treatment and care.”

Since 1998, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has provided cancer services on the Northshore. The Cancer Center’s modern, comprehensive cancer facility provides the full spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. Services include medical oncology (chemotherapy/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.

“It was our honor to host this learning event here on the Northshore,” Fontenot continued. “We are grateful for the support we received from St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper, Julie Stokes, Mike Miranda and the incredible Cancer Center team here in Covington.”

Sponsors for this event included Quest Diagnostics, Gilead and Seagen.

For more information about the “Together We Triumph” series, email


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