City Social Magazine

JAN-FEB 2016

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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19 "We are so proud of our newly renovated and expanded facility, and I am even more proud of the lifesaving services that happen within the walls of this beautiful space, delivered by the dedicated Cancer Center team," said Linda Lee, Cancer Center administrator. "When you pair this stellar group of medical professionals with next-generation technology, robust support services such as patient navigation and survivorship, and advanced clinical research and medical physics practices, it's extremely powerful and provides a personalized and highly effective experience for every patient." Rathbone Society Reception and Open House Celebration In recognition of the many community members who helped make the renovation and expansion possible, the Cancer Center held a special pre-event reception for its Rathbone Society donors immediately followed by an Open House Celebration for a multitude of other supporters. Ethan Bush, vice president and chief development officer for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, welcomed Rathbone Society members during a short program. "Your support is vital to the work that happens every day," said Bush. "On behalf of the 500 team members providing cancer patients and their families access to advanced comprehensive care, we sincerely thank you." Following the pre-event reception, the Open House Celebration welcomed elected officials, members of the media, community health- care leaders and many oth- ers. During the open house, guests were invited to tour the now 140,000-square-foot facil- ity and learn about the enhancements in each area from Cancer Center team members. A program was held in the new Coates Pavilion/ Atrium and included an invocation from Sister Barbara Arceneaux, pro- vincial, Franciscan Missionaries of our Lady. Speakers included Terrie Sterling, chief operating officer, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Todd Stevens, chief executive officer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; Daniel Nuss, M.D., head and neck multidisciplinary care team chair, Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center; and Linda Lee, administrator, Mary Bird Perkins—Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Imaging plays a key role in initial cancer diagnosis, treatment planning and follow-up care. Named after Thomas J. Moran, a grateful donor moved by the expert care he received as a patient, the 8,149-square-foot Imaging Center services include digital X-ray, CT, nuclear medicine, SPECT/CT, PET/CT and MRI. Patients, family members and staff can visit the meditation room for a quiet moment of reflection. The view of the Meditation Art Wall is uniquely different from this area. The Gerry Lane Infusion Center allows each patient to receive chemotherapy treatments in a relaxed, tranquil setting. This 14,000-square-foot suite includes three private infusion rooms and 52 semi-private infusion bays, each with its own television, personal headphones and Wi-Fi for mobile devices, tablets and laptops. Celebrating at the Open House are Skip Philips, Linda Lee and Todd Stevens. Linda Lee, Anne and Tom Meek, M.D. and Donna Saurage at the Open House Celebration. During the Open House Celebration, Blake Lebran, a Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor, rang the Celebration Bell signifying the end of his treatment and the beginning of a new day for cancer care in the community. Pictured, l-r, Khendall LeBran, Leonette LeBran, Linda Lee, Blake LeBran, Terrie Sterling and Benny LeBran.

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