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Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center publishes Perkins Perspective, a newsletter to provide cancer information and programs of interest to the medical community, donors, cancer patients and their families and friends.

Transcript of 2008 V2 Perkins Perspective

  • MBP Expands to HoumaPage 2

    National Selection forPatient NavigationPage 4

    NCCCP: The First YearPage 8

    MBP Expands to HoumaPage 2

    National Selection forPatient NavigationPage 4

    NCCCP: The First YearPage 8

    PERSPECTIVEFighting Cancer for Over 35 Years. Volume 2 2008Available Online at www.marybird.orgFighting Cancer for Over 35 Years. Volume 2 2008Available Online at www.marybird.org

    Renea A. Duffin, who leads MBPs early detection efforts, explains the concept of a patientnavigator to cancer screening participant Judy Thymes. Read more about Patient Navigation onpage 4.



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  • 2 Perkins Perspective Fighting Cancer for Over 35 Years.



    A new cancer alliance has been formed providing the mostcomprehensive and state-of-the-art cancer care available topatients in the Bayou region. Terrebonne General MedicalCenter (TGMC), Cancer Care Specialists (CCS) andMary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBP) have signed anagreement to provide strategic, long-term solutions forbattling cancer in the Bayou region through acomprehensive cancer program located on the TGMCcampus.

    The program offers a full continuum of cancer care, fromprevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment,recovery and survivorship. The program provides surgery,chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as advancedresources and support services necessary to strengthencancer care including medical physics expertise,diagnostic imaging, pathology, clinical research, nutritionand social services. In addition to providing expert physicians andtreatment, the program also brings critical community-basedcancer screenings and educational outreach programs to the area.The new partnership will be known as Mary Bird Perkins CancerCenter at TGMC.

    Together, we are providing an important

    need local access to quality cancer care. We

    are delighted to partner with Mary Bird

    Perkins and Cancer Care Specialists to meet

    this incredible and important need.

    Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO, TGMC

    This partnership will provide access to high-quality,multidisciplinary cancer care and research in Terrebonne Parish one of the fastest growing parishes in southeast Louisiana. Webelieve that local access to enhanced care for the convenience ofthe community and the combined, expert resources of these threeorganizations are meeting the vital needs of cancer patients in thearea, said Dr. Raul Doria, medical director, MBP at TGMC,

    physician partner of CCS, whose medical group has over 45 yearsof combined experience in caring for cancer patients.

    The resources of Mary Bird Perkins, TGMC and CCS representa powerful combination in the fight against cancer. We arehonored to be a part of this community and to serve cancerpatients with this state-of-the-art cancer care team, said ToddStevens, president and CEO, MBP.

    Mary Bird Perkins believes communities benefit when theexpertise of hospitals, local physicians, support organizations andthe cancer-only focus of MBP are linked together to form acomprehensive cancer program and such is the case with thenew partnership with TGMC and CCS.

    Mary Bird Perkins currently operates comprehensive cancerprograms with two other partner hospitals Our Lady of theLake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and St. TammanyParish Hospital in Covington. Mary Bird Perkins has a thirdfacility in Hammond and is currently developing a 5th locationin Gonzales in partnership with St. Elizabeth Hospital.

    For further details about MBP at TGMC, please visitwww.marybird.org.

    Terrebonne Parish Now Home toComprehensive Cancer CareAlliance Formed Provides Combined Expertise, Leading-Edge Technology

    Speakers at the press conference included (l to r): Todd Stevens, presidentand CEO, MBP; Donna Saurage, board of directors, MBP; Jerri Smitko,chairwoman, board of commissioners, TGMC; Phyllis Peoples, presidentand CEO, TGMC; Maurice King, M.D., medical director, MBP; andRaul Doria, M.D., medical director, MBP at TGMC, and physicianpartner, Cancer Care Specialists.

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  • Fwww.marybird.org Volume 2 2008

    A message from

    Todd D. Stevens, president and CEO

    My Perspective

    Fighting cancer cannot be done alone. Partnerships andlegions of people are needed to expand multi-facetedinitiatives to build healthier communities. We are grateful toour longstanding and dedicated partners. Our reachcontinues to grow wider and deeper as we develop morepartnerships to serve even more cancer patients.

    The vision of MBPs founders to provide local access tohigh quality cancer care is being realized today incommunities across southeast Louisiana. Our newestpartners are Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC)and Cancer Care Specialists (CCS) in Houma, LA where wehave joined forces to provide comprehensive cancer serviceson the TGMC campus. And, construction at the Mary BirdPerkins location in Gonzales in partnership with St.Elizabeth Hospital is moving forward.

    In addition, Womans Hospital and Mary Bird Perkins havecome together under the umbrella of WomansComprehensive Breast Care using a multidisciplinaryapproach to fighting breast cancer.

    One of our comprehensive cancer programs, the CancerProgram of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins,recently earned a three-year approval with eleven totalcommendations from the American College of Surgeons(ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC).

    We have just finished the First Year with our nationalpartners as part of the NCI Community Cancer CentersProgram (NCCCP) pilot.

    Mary Bird Perkins received further national recognition thisyear as we received one of only five patient navigation grantsin the United States a grant that will make a real differencefor cancer screening patients.

    Because of the many sponsors, volunteers, players and eventsupporters, the Taste of Louisiana and the 2008 Mary BirdPerkins Merrill Lynch Open were both awesome events.Mary Bird Perkins sincerely applauds all of you whoparticipated in these events, in whatever capacity, for yourcommitment to helping save lives.

    I hope you enjoy reading about all of the collaborativeinitiatives under way, and thank you to all of our manycommunity partners for your tremendous support.


    Todd D. StevensPresident and CEO

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  • P4 Perkins Perspective Fighting Cancer for Over 35 Years.

    Despite tremendous scientific advances, some populations in theUnited States bear a heavier burden of cancer particularly thepoor and underserved. This is evidenced by their high cancerincidence and mortality and lower survival rates. Programsdesigned to promote the early detection of cancer among thesepopulations are continually faced with health care system andpatient-based delays that undermine the effectiveness of earlydetection. Enter patient navigation. The challenge of clinicalfollow-up amid the complexities of todays health care system canpresent imposing barriers. Patient navigators are there to clear thepath to treatment and a timely therapeutic resolution. The CancerProgram of OLOL and MBP can now offer this help.

    Patients participating in free cancer screenings provided by theCancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary BirdPerkins and its partners will ultimately have additional helpwhen an abnormality is found. The Ralph Lauren Center forCancer Care and Prevention in Harlem, NY, founded by Dr.Harold Freeman, awarded a $105,000 grant to the CancerProgram to develop a patient navigation program. The patientnavigation program will enable the Cancer Program to takepatient follow-up to the next level by providing a dedicatedteam member, a patient navigator, to assist screening patientswhen an abnormality is found. The grant is for one year with anopportunity to apply for up to two additional years of grantsupport.

    When an abnormality is found during a screening, a patientnavigator will be assigned to the patient. The patient navigatorwill be responsible for making sure the patient understands theabnormality and will ensure the patient receives timely follow-up. This includes answering questions, assisting patients withappointments, and addressing barriers to care such as language,transportation and resolution of the abnormality. Charity Gay,MBP outreach coordinator, explained, Navigation gives us theopportunity to identify barriers that may prevent patients fromreceiving follow-up care. Once identified, those challenges canbe overcome and the patient can be guided in the rightdirection. Gwendolyn Bonton, another of MBPs outreachcoordinators, said, I see this process as very beneficial as it willgive the patient who comes to a screening a sense of comfort inknowing there is someone to guide them through an unknownmedical maze.

    The Cancer Program will operate a pilot patient navigationprogram for breast screening patients who are seen at screeningsconducted monthly at the LSU Mid City Clinic and Leo ButlerCommunity Center from June through August 31, 2008. Anevaluation of the pilot will be completed in September 2008,and the formal patient navigation program for all breast cancerscreening patients will begin in October 2008. Programs forprostate, skin and colorectal screening participants will be inplace by June 2009.

    Breast screenings are available to the underserved through apartnership with Womans Hospital. Cynthia Rabalais, director,Imaging Service, Womans Hospital, is thrilled about the movetoward formal patient navigation. This will takeprocrastination on the patients part out of the equation, andthats a big plus