City Social Magazine

JAN-FEB 2016

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Issue link: http://citysocial.epubxp.com/i/623104

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 17 of 59

18 18 Hearing the words, "you have cancer," is a life-changing event affecting both the patient and family. understanding this profound impact, mary Bird Perkins—our lady of the lake cancer center has ushered in a new era of cancer care with a newly renovated and expanded facility designed to address the needs of patients and their loved ones during every aspect of the disease . The more than $23 million initia- tive was the culmination of many years of research, planning and build- ing the most comprehensive cancer center in the region, moving the Cancer Center forward as a destination for cancer care. This includes the Cancer Center's expanded group of expert physicians skilled at treating a multitude of complex cancers, com- passionate and highly trained staff members, and caring volunteers—all focused on the approximately 3,000 newly diagnosed patients each year who turn to the Cancer Center. "We looked closely at patient pref- erences such as convenience and accessibility, specialized symptom management, a single point of contact for patients and advanced multi- disciplinary care. And we've wrapped all of this and much more into an attractive building that is personal, welcoming and state of the art," said Todd Stevens, president and chief executive officer of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. "We invested our resources in the most effective ways—ones that would enhance patients' experiences and outcomes—and have delivered it all under one roof." Key enhancements include: • Expanded radiation clinic and treatment areas and the revolutionary Elekta Versa HD radiation system, which offers highly targeted treatments 40% to 50% faster than other similar technologies; • Comprehensive Thomas J. Moran Imaging Center for cancer diagnosis, treatment planning and follow- up care with digital X-ray, CT nuclear medicine, SPECT/CT, PET/CT and MRI; • Riley-Billings Oncology Supportive Care Clinic, which provides convenient access to many services, such as pain and symptom management and psychosocial and emotional support; • Gerry Lane Infusion Center, which allows patients to receive chemotherapy treatments in a relaxed, tranquil setting and houses three private and 52 semi-private infusion bays equipped with televisions, per- sonal headphones and Wi-Fi for mobile devices, as well as a high-tech onsite clinical pharmacy for quick, safe delivery of medications; and • A Healing Arts program to help provide relief from the anxiety and pain of illness, offering inspiration to patients and their loved ones through thoughtfully created artwork placed throughout the Cancer Center—it also offers survivors a way to express their feelings through art projects. "We looked closely at patient preferences such as convenience and accessibility, specialized symptom management, a single point of contact for patients and advanced multidisciplinary care. And we've wrapped all of this and much more into an attractive building that is personal, welcoming and state of the art." renovation and expansion usher in a new era of cancer care Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center The Cancer Center's expanded entranced named after Beverly and Dudley Coates includes separate drop-off and pick-up locations so patients can arrive and depart more easily. Named for Cancer Center founder and longtime volunteer Ana B. Lipsey, this spacious area affords patients a comfortable place to relax while waiting for treatment. The Cancer Center offers revolutionary cancer radiation therapy, particularly through the Elekta Versa HD. It is one of the first facilities in North America with this new, innovative technology, which provides highly targeted treatments 40-50 times faster than other radiation therapy systems. r e a d u s o n l i n e a t w w w . c i t y s o c i a l . c o m

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of City Social Magazine - JAN-FEB 2016