Mary Bird, Lake, Woman’s partner on new cancer treatment center _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- A Center for Breast and GYN Cancer will be built on the Woman’s Hospital campus on Airline Highway near Pecue Lane in partnership with Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and Woman’s Hospital plan to build the Center for Breast and GYN Cancer on Woman’s campus under an agreement announced Monday.

The affiliation will promote a higher degree of physician collaboration, coordination and disease management for patients with breast and gynecologic cancers, according to the health care providers. The proposed free-standing facility near Airline Highway and Pecue Lane is scheduled to be completed by late 2016. The facility also will include physician offices.

The new treatment center is still being designed so details are not being released for cost and size. However, the planned center’s services will include diagnostics, outpatient surgery, infusion or chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Breast and GYN cancer patients also will have the choice to access any of these services at Mary Bird-Lake Cancer Center’s main campus on Essen Lane.

“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,” said Teri Fontenot, president and chief executive officer of Woman’s Hospital. “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.”

Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, said the partnership will be “the most effective and efficient way” to deliver cancer care to women in the area.

“Partnerships are an emerging trend in cancer care partly because of the complexity of the disease and the immense resources required for expert care. Together, we can attack breast and gynecological cancers from every angle, providing women with more choices and the best patient experience available,” Stevens said.

The next step will be to establish an affiliation agreement outlining the relationship between the organizations.

Mary Bird and the Lake announced an affiliation agreement for breast and gynecologic cancers about three years ago. The addition of Woman’s will allow the partners to define a new level of care for those diseases, according to K. Scott Wester, president and CEO of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.