NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

The recipient entity's physical address:
           Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3482

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3482

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          The list of original incorporators is provided below. The original nonprofit incorporation was done in 1968 under the name Cancer, Radiation and Research Foundation. The name was officially changed to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in 1993.

Dr. Julius H. Mullins
John W. Barton
Harry D. Richardson
Wallace F. Armstrong
Mrs. Joseph Lipsey
Dr. M.F. Currier
Dr. Thomas R. Ramsay
Maurice J. Wilson
J. Ralph Vannoy
Dr. Allie Woolfolk
Dr. Lynnwood J. Brassett
Dr. Henry W. Jolly, Jr.
Preston V. Kors
Dr. J.J. Rathbone, Jr.
Dr. Richard C. Boyer
Dr. Roy A. Parker

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0520

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $250,000

What type of request is this?  Both

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Tom Meek, Jr., M.D. – Chair
5326 O’Donovan Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Donna Saurage – Immediate Past Chair
2535 Fairway Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Brett Furr – Vice Chair
P.O. Box 2471
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Thomas J. Adamek – Secretary/Treasurer)
236 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Todd Stevens – President/CEO, MBPCC
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Charles G. Wood, M.D. – Medical Director
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Laurie Aronson
6823 Exchequer
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

John C. Boyce
919 Sweets Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Dudley W. Coates
4550 Hyacinth Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Art Favre
9901 Pecue Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Alice Greer
3075 Gilbert Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

G. Lee Griffin
Post Office Box 1511
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-1511

Janice Guitreau
13440 L Landry Road
Gonzales, LA 70737

Cordell Haymon
672 Nelson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Eric Lane
10945 Reiger Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Bill O’Quin
2651 Kleinert Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Gerald T. Goss – Foundation Chairman
6300 Corporate Blvd., #120
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

John Smith
P.O. Box 53245
Baton Rouge, LA 70892

Erich Sternberg
8485 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Paul R. Thompson
400 Convention Street, Suite 400
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

David A. Winkler
2956 Torrance Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Funding request: $250,000 for the expansion of Early Detection Cancer Screenings and Support Services in the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center service area across southeast Louisiana (DHH Regions 2, 3, and 9):

Summary: Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (MBPCC), which serves 18 parishes in southeast Louisiana, requests that the Louisiana State Legislature provide $250,000 for vital life-saving cancer screenings and support services for the medically underserved public in the greater Baton Rouge, Hammond, Covington, Houma and Gonzales areas. Parishes impacted are located in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Regions 2, 3 and 9, and include Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Lafourche, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, St. John, St. James, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana and Washington.

Our mission is to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer through expert treatment, compassionate care, early detection, research and education. We aim to provide services across the entire cancer continuum - prevention, education, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end of life care.

Screening Services: Mary Bird Perkins began its comprehensive community outreach program in 2002. To date, the program has screened more than 66,000 people - at no cost to the patient. In 2015 alone, from January through September, we screened more than 6,200 people. Early detection/screening is the most effective way to battle Louisiana’s disproportionate cancer death rates. Mary Bird Perkins collaborates with many partners in the community to provide free breast, prostate, colorectal, skin and oral cancer screenings for the underserved, underinsured and uninsured members of our 18-parish service area. These screenings are targeted because:
• These cancers comprise more than 50 percent of the newly diagnosed cancer cases in Louisiana;
• Mortality rates for these cancers in Louisiana are higher than national averages; and
• Simple screening procedures exist for detection in asymptomatic people making these cancers more easily detected than others.
Support Services: We believe that providing various assistance opportunities is a critical extension of our mission and is an important part of support services. These resources may include transportation, medication co-pay assistance, and nutritional supplements.
Request: Providing $250,000 to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will enable the provision of life-saving cancer screenings and vital support services for the medically underserved public in the greater Baton Rouge, Hammond, Covington, Houma and Gonzales areas and help extend our mission and address significant cancer health care disparities.

National Recognition: Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, in collaboration with LSU-New Orleans and LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, was selected as a recipient of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). This collaboration, one of only 12 Minority/Underserved NCORPs in the country, will bring more clinical trials to the Gulf South and make a significant impact on cancer-related health disparities. Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center was one of 21 sites across the nation selected by the National Cancer Institute in 2007 to participate in its Community Cancer Centers Program. One of the reasons for its selection was its phenomenal and strategic cancer outreach program: Our early detection best practices, which are deployed across the 18 parish service area, have been shared nationally with organizations looking to model this mission-driven service which makes a meaningful difference in the fight against cancer.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $104,454
          Professional Services. . . $23,157
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $122,389
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Regional Impact: Mary Bird Perkins has locations in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma and Gonzales. It has comprehensive cancer programs with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington and Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma. Mary Bird partners with St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and is located on the campus of North Oaks Hospital in Hammond. Mary Bird Perkins’ 18 Parish Service Area in southeast Louisiana has a population of 1.5 million people. To date, the program has screened more than 66,000 people across the region.
Entity’s Purpose:
Screening Services: Louisiana leads the nation in cancer mortality with one of the highest death rates from cancer in the country. The Louisiana Tumor Registry, which collects statewide data on all newly-diagnosed malignancies and cancer deaths, reports that one reason for the high death rate is inadequate cancer screening for early detection resulting in late stage diagnosis.
MBPCC has tools to ensure we are reaching our target audience of underserved minorities, including our Early Detection Screening and Patient Navigation Database. This powerful program accurately and efficiently tracks, measures and creates reports on screening and navigation patients. This helps MBPCC make more strategic and informed decisions based on real-time data. Currently, the database is populated with data starting in January 2010.
Early Detection Screening and Patient Navigation Data January 1, 2010 – September 30, 2015:
Screening Type: Breast Cancer Skin
Cancer Prostate Cancer Colorectal Cancer Oral Cancer Total
Total Participants: 19,285 8,193 5,064 6,048 1,262 39,852
49% kits returned
Total Events: 470 215 132 600 32 1,449
Participants Never Screened: 4465 (23%) 5,901 (72%) 1,299 (26%) 3,492 (58%) 1,102 (87%) 16,259
Participants Navigated: 5,031 (26%) 1,116 (14%) 349 (7%) 152 (3%) 75 (6%) 6,723
Participants Uninsured: 15,665 (81%) 2,748 (34%) 1,772 (35%) 3,047 (50%) 884 (70%) 23,913
Minority Participants: 11,434 (59%) 2,681 (33%) 2,678 (53%) 3,036 (50%) 884 (70%) 20,713
Diagnosis Of Cancer: 155 100 14 3 1* 273

Support Services: We believe that providing a variety of patient assistance programs is a critical extension of our mission and is an important part of our support services. These services include, but are not limited to, transportation, medication co-pay assistance, and provision of nutritional supplements. Provision and coordination of these services by patient navigators and social workers within the cancer center helps to reduce barriers to care and improve access to needed treatment for patients with limited resources. These barriers to care are often coupled with emotional or psychosocial distress, and patient navigators and social workers are engaged in ongoing assessment and intervention activities which aim to improve the quality of life of our patients.

Prevention Education: In addition to screening and support services we recognize that cancer prevention is the most effective long term strategy for the control of cancer. Over the next 12 months the Cancer Center will work to develop a program that will increase primary and secondary cancer prevention education throughout our service area. Our target audience will include the uninsured as well as the insured population. Our model will address obesity, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, nutrition, and excessive alcohol consumption as risk factors for developing cancer. By combining these efforts with our screening efforts we will have a greater impact on the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Southeast Louisiana.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Screening Services: Our objective is to make early detection screening services as accessible as possible at no cost to the patient. The goal is to screen as many people as possible and detect cancer at its earliest stage when it is more likely to respond to treatment and increase survival.

In the last 12 months (September 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015), MBPCC has held over 350 events where over 8,500 people have been screened for cancer. More than 1,500 screening participants with abnormal findings have been navigated and 73 cancers have been detected. Data analyzed by the Louisiana State University School of Public Health regarding our breast cancer screenings helps demonstrate that the public is benefitting from our collaborative outreach efforts. One example shows that from 2004 - 2009, late stage diagnosis for breast cancer screening participants dropped from 71 percent to 35 percent. Since 2013, 10% of breast cancers we diagnosed have been late stage. This is an indication that we are detecting fewer late-stage breast cancers because we are catching the disease earlier.

The Early Detection Program has been successful in its efforts due to strong community partnerships and teamwork with likeminded organizations. As an example, the Early Detection Program, Woman’s Hospital and the YWCA ENCOREplus Program (YWCA) have collaborated since 2002 to offer regularly-scheduled, free breast cancer screenings in the MBPCC service area. We currently have two mobile medical clinics which provide these much-needed services to women throughout southeast Louisiana. Our newest unit began providing services in April 2013. To date, the addition of the second mobile unit has resulted in a 69% increase in screening participation over the previous year in the Northshore and Bayou regions.

Screening Initiative Results:

MBP Early Detection Screenings: 2003-2014*
2,033 Free Screening Events Provided to 62,005 People
*breakdown data is available starting in 2003, although screening events commenced in 2002.
Totals include screenings in Jefferson, Orleans, and Rapides parishes that are not included in the breakdown.
Parish Breast Colorectal Prostate Skin Oral Cervical Total
Ascension 543 280 225 411 0 0 1,459
Assumption 208 72 5 137 0 0 422
East Baton Rouge 16,864 6,542 5,220 5,883 795 319 35,623
East Feliciana 458 84 11 0 0 0 553
Iberville 377 253 146 402 0 0 1,178
Lafourche 336 125 81 190 15 0 747
Livingston 1000 530 177 412 20 0 2,139
Point Coupee 387 97 27 280 0 0 791
St. Helena 306 43 0 23 0 0 372
St. Tammany 2220 902 1304 1496 68 0 5,990
Tangipahoa 1,932 739 128 428 29 0 3,256
Washington 687 142 195 508 0 0 1,532
West Baton Rouge 282 345 137 37 0 0 801
West Feliciana 183 174 15 89 0 0 461
St. James 162 33 0 24 0 0 219
St. Mary 427 148 157 102 33 0 867
Terrebonne 850 1209 1398 565 61 0 4,083
St. John the Baptist 275 50 25 86 0 0 436
Total 28,426 11,915 9,251 11,073 1,021 319 62,005

Support Services:
Our goal is to provide quality support services to each patient at all five locations throughout the 18 parish service area. Since January of 2015, Over 7,000 services have been provided to our patients in our five centers. This includes referrals to resources such as Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Cancer Services of Greater New Orleans, as well as help in filing for disability, and medication co-pay assistance. We assisted our patients with transportation to their appointments over 1,300 times utilizing funds from various grants during this same period. Over 2,000 social work visits were also conducted during this time, which included psychosocial assessments, supportive psychosocial counseling, and follow-up services.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Our mission is ongoing. The Mary Bird Perkins Early Detection Program will continue until we achieve our mission of reducing the mortality rates of cancer in Louisiana.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has contracts with Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center (52579 Hwy 51 South, 70443) in Independence; Terrebonne General Medical Center at 8166 Main Street in Houma, LA; St. Tammany Parish Hospital at 1202 S. Tyler St. in Covington LA 70433;
and North Oaks Medical Center at 15790 Paul Vega, MD, Drive in Hammond, LA 70403.

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               The nature of the contract is to provide radiation therapy services to patients.

Contact Information
name:  Amy Benton 
                                       address:  4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

                                       phone:  225 215 1210
                                       relationship to entity:  VP, Comm and Gov Affairs