Despite its merger with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer center, the longevity of an independent Cancer Services of Baton Rouge might have been best assured with preservation of its endowment and the commitment of area hospitals’ support to cover administrative and operational overhead — thus ensuring private philanthropic donations being strictly allocated for support services to cancer patients and their families.

Alignment with one health care institution will undoubtedly generate rival cancer patient support agencies in the area. It will be disheartening for all of us should institutional control and market share restrictions accompanying this merger and that of other rival agencies constrain the delivery of cancer support services provided so well by one, Cancer Services of Baton Rouge since 1959.

Cancer Services merging with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to expand reach across southeast Louisiana

Where was the forum for health care leadership representatives to collectively address the challenges facing a valuable community asset like Cancer Services of Baton Rouge for the benefit of the common good? Rising tides do actually raise all boats, just not in Baton Rouge. Sad.

Dr. J.B. Dupont

physician

Baton Rouge