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New cancer center planned at Woman’s Hospital under new partnership with Mary Bird Perkins-OLOL

As part of a new partnership initiative between Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital to increase the fight against breast and gynecologic cancer, a new facility called the Center for Breast and GYN Cancer is planned for the Woman’s campus on Airline Highway. The free-standing facility is on schedule to be completed by late next year.

Along with the new cancer center—the specifics of which, including cost and size, are still in the planning stages—hospital officials say the partnership announced today will provide women in Baton Rouge and across the Gulf South who are battling breast and gynecologic cancer more comprehensive care options.

“This will be a union of our technology, individual clinical expertise and specialized cancer resources to uniquely deliver the most advanced, personalized cancer care for women in the Gulf South,” says Teri Fontenot, Woman’s Hospital president and chief executive officer, in a prepared release. “Partnering with Mary Bird Perkins–Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is a natural progression, allowing us to unite our collective resources into a system of total care so women with breast and gynecological cancers will receive the highest level of expert care in the location most convenient for them.”

The hospitals say the new partnership initiative will establish a new system of care that will promote a higher degree of physician collaboration, coordination and disease management. While the hospitals have for many years, this new collaborative effort will define a more comprehensive level of care for women, they say.

Although details on the Breast and GYN Cancer Center are still in the works, hospital officials say possible services include physician offices, diagnostics, outpatient surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Cancer patients will also have the choice to access any of the services at MBP-OLOL Cancer Center’s main campus on Essen Lane. Through this new affiliation, many other physician specialties and support and early detection services will be also available to women.

A team including executives and medical staff leaders from Mary Bird Perkins, Our Lady of the Lake and Woman’s Hospital will oversee the new facility’s strategic direction.

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