Open house at Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

Baton Rouge cancer center enhances patient experience, incorporates the latest treatment

As the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center campus evolved, it became clear that the enhancement of Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center (MBP) could be a win/win for both institutions, and serve patients more seamlessly.

Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, recently commemorated the newly renovated and expanded center with an open house dedication. Guests toured the cancer center and saw the many new additions and enhancements intended to further a mission to provide the most advanced and excellent cancer care available, with compassion.

A long-term relationship based on shared vision has yielded amazing outcomes between VOA and Our Lady of the Lake at the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOLRMC). The Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, in collaboration with healthcare provider MBP, is the latest chapter in an ongoing story.

The design challenge was to create a new cancer center program through renovation and expansion designed to enhance patient experience and incorporate the latest treatment and technology. VOA completed a conceptual master plan with features that include a multi-disciplinary clinic model, dedicated collaboration spaces for medical professionals and state-of-the-art treatment technology.


The new cancer center brings services together in one facility while allowing specialized cancer care services to enhance their core strengths. VOA’s approach to this planning effort propelled the insti­tution towards its goals of integrating sur­vivorship resources and co-locating key patient and social services to provide ease of access and navigation for patients and their families. The patient experience is enhanced by the careful location of imaging, radiology and the consolidation of infusion therapy and placement of pharmacy services in close proximity.

Nearly every facet of the center was expanded or renovated, all with patient experience in mind. Building systems were modernized, new technology incorporated and areas for additional and enhanced patient services expanded. New patient arrival and departure areas offer ease of pick-up/drop-off, and a new main corridor directly connected to the hospital allows patients to move easily throughout the facilities.

An expanded collaborative area for radiation oncologists and physicists to meet and develop individualized treatment plans adjacent to the physician’s offices improves communication and efficiency for better personalized care and decreased patient wait times. The interiors feature uplifting messages, with local artwork and materials that adorn patient waiting areas, and a legacy wall that captures the history of the center and key advancements in cancer care.  Privacy and comfort were major drivers in the design of the facility which features the largest private and semi-private infusion area in the region.

Through this investment, patients in the region benefit from comprehensive treatment plans that include fully coordinated services with survivorship as the focus. The MBP Cancer Center provides a continuity of care on par with that of leading academic cancer treatment centers and hospitals.

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