Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Pennington Cancer Center has won the Association of Community Cancer’s 2013 Innovator Award for creating a way to track and treat cancer patients during a natural disaster.

The Pennington Cancer Center developed an emergency chart system using the facility’s Hurricane Katrina experience. Displaced patients arrived with no records. The center couldn’t reach the treating physicians because the storm had knocked out phone and fax lines.

The center’s radiation oncology treatment team developed an emergency chart system, a portable electronic medical record that provides patients with their “must-have” documents in a universal format. The emergency charts provide an informational security net for patients, allowing them to quickly resume care if they have to evacuate because of a disaster.

The Association of Community Cancer’s Innovator Awards were established in 2011 and are sponsored by GE Healthcare. The awards honor exceptional cancer programs that exhibit forward-thinking strategic planning and have developed pioneering, replicable programs for cancer care delivery.