New Radiation Oncology Center on Lane’s Campus Breaks Ground

03-May-2013 Baton Rouge, La. - Baton Rouge General and Lane Regional Medical Center broke ground this week on a $4.5 million state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology Center located on Lane's campus in Zachary. Baton Rouge General's partnership with Lane to construct the new facility is part of the two organizations shared commitment to serving the needs of the community. Construction on the new facility is expected to be completed in January 2014.

"As the region's first nationally accredited comprehensive cancer program, Baton Rouge General is committed to offering leading-edge cancer care close to home, and now through our partnership with Lane, to expand life-saving radiation oncology services and technology to benefit communities in the northern part of the parish," said William Russell, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology with Baton Rouge General. 

Photo attached (From left to right): Frank Ragsdale, Chairman, Lane RMC Foundation; Evelyn Hayes, MD, Interim President & CEO, Baton Rouge General; Randy Olson, President & CEO, Lane RMC; Zachary Smith, Director of Radiation Oncology/Tumor Registry, Baton Rouge General Pennington Cancer Center

About Baton Rouge General's Cancer Program 

Baton Rouge General's cancer center was approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program in 1989 and was the first cancer program in the region to attain approval. The program has maintained continuous approval subsequently. Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center was most recently re-approved in March 2011 and again achieved full three-year approval with all eight possible commendations. In addition, the Center's Radiation Oncology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and most recently received re-accreditation in 2012. In 2009, Baton Rouge General was the first accredited Breast Cancer Program in Louisiana by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This accreditation assures Baton Rouge General patients benefit from:
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best care treatment options
  • Access to breast cancer information, education and support services
  • Breast cancer data collection on quality indicators for all specialties involved in breast cancer care
  • Ongoing monitoring and follow-up care
  • Participation in clinical trials evaluating new breast cancer treatment options.
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About Lane Regional Medical Center 

Lane Regional Medical Center is a 140-bed regional facility serving Zachary and the neighboring communities of Baker, Clinton, Central, St. Francisville, Jackson and southern Mississippi.

Providing a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, Lane supports cardiovascular, orthopedics, labor & delivery, general surgery, in-patient rehabilitation, hyperbarics, infusion, sleep medicine, diabetes, home health, behavioral health and vascular programs.

With more than 750 staff members, Lane is the largest employer within the city of Zachary. The hospital continues to grow and invest in the community by recruiting new physicians and providing emergency services and after-hours care.

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