Baton Rouge General’s Emergency Preparedness Program for Cancer Patients Nationally Recognized


Disaster Charts Initiative Provides Informational Security Net for Cancer Patients

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center is among ten cancer programs in the nation to receive a 2013 ACCC Innovator Award from The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for its Disaster Charts initiative. The Disaster Chart is a portable medical record that ensures cancer patients are able to continue their treatment without an extended delay in the event of a natural disaster. Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center will be presenting their innovative Disaster Charts program in the fall at the ACCC National Oncology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

“We are pleased to be able to share this practice with fellow cancer programs across the country that may face similar emergency situations and could benefit from the lessons we learned following major hurricanes,” said William Russell, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology for Baton Rouge General. “Baton Rouge General’s Disaster Charts program gives patients, their caregivers and physicians piece of mind in the midst of a disaster.”

After Hurricane Katrina displaced many cancer patients, Baton Rouge General’s radiation oncology team developed a list of “must-have” documents on a universal and portable USB drive. Approximately 24 hours out from an anticipated emergency event, patients who are currently receiving cancer care are provided this USB with their medical record, including their most up-to-date treatment plan. Patients keep the USB with them in the event that they are forced to evacuate or relocate and continue their cancer care in another city or state due to a natural disaster.

The ACCC Innovator Awards honor programs that have exhibited forward-thinking strategic planning and developed pioneering programs, and replicable models in cancer patient care. ACCC is the leading national multidisciplinary organization that sets the standard for quality care for patients with cancer.

Click here to learn more about Baton Rouge General Pennington Cancer Center’s Disaster Charts program.