Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center (BRG) and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center announced the completion of an agreement to expand and enhance cancer care resources in the Greater Baton Rouge area, effective immediately.
“Baton Rouge General’s commitment to cancer care aligns with Mary Bird Perkins’ mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer, so we are excited to be a part of their medical community,” said Todd Stevens, president and CEO, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “This is a collaborative relationship that extends existing physical, technological, and professional resources.”
The organizations remain independent but will share technology and collaborate on clinical programs like clinical trials, nutrition, rehabilitation, support groups, and medical oncology, while connecting patients with enhanced treatment options. Whether patients choose to receive care at Mary Bird Perkins or Baton Rouge General, linked electronic medical record systems will streamline treatments and communication. Depending on patients’ needs and preferences, they can receive care from either organization, or both, as some medical oncologists will rotate between facilities.
As part of the partnership, a new infusion clinic has been completed at BRG’s Bluebonnet campus. It offers patients a variety of amenities including 36 infusion bays and two private infusion rooms, each with heated infusion chairs that are specially designed for tablet use. Also, an infusion center pharmacy is located within the treatment space, which will expedite the process of treating patients.
Mary Bird Perkins recently announced a partnership with OneOncology, the national platform for independent oncology practices. The access to clinical trials and electronic health records Mary Bird Perkins will enjoy from working with OneOncology will now be extended to patients at Baton Rouge General.