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?  $300,000

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

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

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

Tom Meek, Jr., M.D. – Immediate Past Chair
5326 O’Donovan Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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

Art Favre
9901 Pecue Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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

Alice Greer
3075 Gilbert Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Janice Guitreau
13440 L Landry Road
Gonzales, LA 70737

Cordell Haymon
672 Nelson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Rose Hudson
19439 North Trent Jones
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Eric Lane
10945 Reiger Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Cynthia Peterson, Ph.D
124 Hatcher Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

H.N. "Hank" Saurage
5135 Bluebonnet Blvd.
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

Alan Zaunbrecher
406 N. Florida St., Suite 2
Covington, LA 70433

Renea Duffin
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Funding request: $300,000 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 $300,000 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 75,000 people for cancer - at no cost to the patient. In 2016, from January through September, we screened nearly 4,000 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.

Request: Providing $300,000 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:
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. Recently, the Cancer Center was named a 2016 Innovator Award recipient by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for the organization’s early detection program, which works to help reduce Louisiana’s high cancer mortality rate especially among medically underserved adults who experience even higher rates of mortality than the general population.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $188,834
          Professional Services. . . $15,520
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $95,646
          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 75,000 people across the region.

Entity’s Purpose:
Screening Services: Louisiana leads the nation in cancer mortality with the fourth 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, 2016:
Screening Type: Breast Cancer Skin
Cancer Prostate Cancer Colorectal Cancer Oral Cancer Total
Total Participants:22,3959,507 5,497 6,755 1,464 45,618
50% kits returned
Total Events: 561 269 153 705 36 1,724
Participants Never Screened: 5,206 (23%) 6,725 (70%) 1,413 (25%) 3,888(57%) 1,275(87%) 18,507
Participants Navigated: 6,080 (27%) 1,209(12%) 372 (6%) 171 (2%) 81 (5%) 7,913
Participants Uninsured: 17,796 (79%) 3,138 (33%) 1870(34%) 3,397 (50%) 762 (52%) 26,963
Minority Participants: 13,050 (58%) 3,007 (31%) 2,873 (52%) 3,306 (48%) 1,028 (70%) 23,264
Diagnosis Of Cancer: 187 112 16 3 2 320

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. According to the World Health Organization approximately one third of all cancers are preventable. Over the past 12 months the Cancer Center has increased its primary and secondary cancer prevention education throughout our service area. During this time we have worked in collaboration with local dieticians to educate our screening participants on cancer prevention methods through diet modification. We have also educated over 1,400 children and adults on topics such as reading nutrition labels, nutrition for older adults, and gardening. Specifically, over 150 children participated in 2 events where they were instructed on how to prepare healthy proteins and whole grains as well as basic gardening techniques. Our target audience includes the uninsured as well as the insured population. By combining these efforts with our screening efforts we will increase our 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, 2015 – September 30, 2016), MBPCC has held over 300 events where over 6,800 people have been screened for cancer. More than 1,300 screening participants with abnormal findings have been navigated and 43 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. Since 2013, 69% of breast cancers we diagnosed have been early 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 and Woman’s Hospital 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 an 86% increase in screening participation in the Northshore and Bayou regions.

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 to treat the Medicare and Medicaid inpatients of 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, Communications and Governmental Affairs