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MESSAGE FROM CENTER DIRECTOR This year’s Community Report reflects the collective voice of the many dedicated individuals and organizations that supported Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in 2012. With community and physician leadership, passionate employees and volunteers, the pages ahead depict the work of many who are advancing the Center’s mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer through collaboration. It’s been a milestone year with the opening of a new facility. The new state-of-theart Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital opened its doors this past spring and provides comprehensive cancer care, close to home. From prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship, the Center offers the full array of vital cancer services. This includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, clinical research trials, patient navigation, free screenings, education and more. All of these services are available on one campus, in our community, with the support of loved ones nearby. Our team is dedicated to compassionately providing the highest quality treatment to all patients and their families. As such, the Cancer Center is nationally accredited with commendation and recognized for excellence in cancer care by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. This means that patients on the Northshore have access to world-class diagnosis and treatment, led by a team of oncology specialists and professionals. The accomplishments made over the past year would not have been possible without your steadfast support. As we move forward together, we will continue to focus on progress and innovation in the fight against cancer. We will continue to focus on the hope for more survivors and no more cancer. Sincerely,

Chryl Corizzo, RN, BSN Center Director, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital 2012 COMMUNITY REPORT • 3


Since 1998, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has worked closely with St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH) in Covington to provide cancer services to the Northshore community. In April 2012, the partnership took a significant step forward with the opening of the state-of-the-art Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “We know that patients are strengthened when surrounded by family and friends, and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital makes that possible by providing expert cancer care close to home,” said Patti Ellish, president and CEO, St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “The modern technologies available at the Center, coupled with the compassion of our dedicated staff, will provide every advantage to our patients.” Throughout the Center, the Hospital’s Foundation Healing Arts Initiative has installed various pieces of art created by local artists to enhance the patient experience and healing process. One special tribute piece that hangs in the waiting room is dedicated in honor of Rufus Upton Lea and his wife Marianne Spetz Lea, who both received care at the Center. “The vision for the Cancer Center is to provide Northshore residents with enhanced access to advanced, compassionate cancer care right in their community,” said Todd Stevens, president and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The Cancer Center occupies more than 20,000-square-feet and is located on the campus of STPH. Access is at street level for outpatients, while hospital inpatients are transported for treatment via a sky bridge connecting the two facilities.

At an open house in June, invited guests were given the opportunity to tour the Center, learn about the comprehensive services available and see some of the advanced treatment technologies, including the Elekta Infinity linear accelerator. From left: Renea Duffin (VP MBPCC), Mike Ford (Northshore President's Council Member), Kerry Milton (CNO STPH), Sharon Toups (COO STPH), Todd Stevens (CEO MBPCC), Dr. Meek (MBPCC Board Member)

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OFFERING CLINICAL TRIALS Mary Bird Perkins at St. Tammany Parish Hospital began offering clinical trials in 2012 and opened 10 new gynecological and radiation treatment trials for accrual this past year.

NEW GYNECOLOGICAL AND BREAST CANCER TREATMENT Brachytherapy, also known as internal radiation therapy or High Dose Rate (HDR) therapy, can be an effective and convenient form of treatment for early and localized gynecological cancer and for early stage breast cancer. In the case of gynecological cancer, brachytherapy delivers a radiation dose directly to the tumor from inside the body. Because the radiation is so precisely targeted, the prescribed radiation is given rapidly to the treatment area, over a period of minutes. The treatment is usually repeated two to five times and is usually an outpatient procedure. Brachytherapy is used after breast cancer surgery and is an important component of breast conserving therapy. The radioactive source is temporarily placed in the breast, direct to the tumor site, to deliver effective and accurate treatment with minimal side effects. The treatment is five days instead of six to seven weeks of external beam radiation therapy given for whole breast irradiation.



Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital helps bring critical research initiatives, lifesaving cancer programs and vital services to patients, families and the community. TREATMENT SERVICES


• Chemotherapy

• PET/CT Imaging

• Radiation Therapy

• Pathology / Lab

- VMAT, IMRT, CBCT • Surgery / da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

• Radiology ®

• Low Dose CT Screening

• Dental Oncology

• Pulmonary Lung Navigation

• Interventional Radiology

• Breast Center: Mammography, MRI, Bone Density, stereotactic needle biopsy, ultrasound, dedicated radiologists with specialty in breast disease

• Biotherapy SUPPORTIVE/REHABILITATIVE SERVICES • Patient Navigation • Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation • Enterostomal / Wound Therapy • Nutritional Services • Pastoral Care / Clergy Community Support • Physical / Occupational / Speech / Certified Lymphedema Therapy • Inpatient and Outpatient Tobacco Cessation Counseling Programs • Pet Therapy • Meditation • Tai Chi

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION • Boutique / Look Good Feel Better® • Education for Health Professionals • Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment and Counseling Program • Lymphedema Prevention and Management Specialists • Pain Management • Speakers Bureau • Free Cancer Screenings RESEARCH • Clinical Research • Cancer Registry

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Detecting cancer early saves lives. And teaching people to lower their risk can prevent some cancers. In 2012, community support helped expand the number of free cancer screenings and educational events offered to St. Tammany and Washington parish residents.

F RE E C A N C E R S C R E E N I N G S : January – December 2012

BREAST (350)




CANCERS DIAGNOSED: 5 Graph on right shows number of people screened for each cancer type listed.

SKIN (170)



Making the Cancer Journey Together In early October, 2010 Sherling Brignac was busy making plans for her spring wedding when she noticed a lump in her left breast. She was only 25 but had a strong family history of breast cancer. She immediately made an appointment with the mammography team at St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH) where she works as a CT and MRI technologist. The results of the biopsy were startling. She had cancer. “I was calm, but it was a shock,” she said. Her diagnosis led to bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and breast reconstruction by the professionals at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and STPH. An additional shock followed when her then 48-year-old mother, also named Sherling Brignac, noticed a lump in her right breast. She was diagnosed with cancer in late December. Testing confirmed both mother and daughter carried a genetic marker that put them at elevated risk for developing breast cancer. Less than five percent of the general population has this genetic predisposition. However, according to some studies, those individuals are up to 80 percent more likely to develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Testing positive for the marker makes hyper-vigilant breast screening essential, including yearly mammograms and screening MRIs. Some women elect to have prophylactic mastectomies to decrease their lifetime cancer risk. Another Brignac daughter plans to have such surgery after testing positive for the genetic marker. Although breast cancer is rare in men, the genetic marker also puts men who carry it at elevated risk, and the elder Sherling Brignac’s son plans to have the test this year. From left: Sherling Brignac with daughter, Sherling Brignac Werner, who gave birth to identical twin girls in July, 2012.

The Brignac family’s story highlights the importance of knowing your family history and taking rapid action if you are concerned about a change in your body. For more information about genetic testing, call 985-898-4581.

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The Center is grateful to have been the recipient of funding from grant resources, event sponsorships, and contributions from many individuals, groups, schools and businesses. The funds raised through all of these efforts are making a difference in the fight against cancer.


In 2012, three main sources of revenue helped support our mission and provided life-saving early detection, prevention and education, treatment, clinical research and social services for patients and caregivers.

TOTAL $414,129.67





GRANTS $114,617.44




“It is my hope that this gala, and others, help raise awareness of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and the wonderful work they do in our community to help patients and their families.” – KENDRA FRANCE

The third annual Benefits of Home Gala raised nearly $183,000 for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. More than 400 guests attended the event held in late August at Franco’s Athletic Club in Mandeville. Event underwriters included Hub International, Benchmark Investments, Georges Enterprises and Franco’s Athletic Club. The evening began with hors d’ouevres, cocktails and live jazz. Event Co-Chair Kendra France welcomed guests and extended special thanks to the sponsors, guests and volunteers who made the event possible. Following a delicious dinner prepared by local chefs, Chryl Corizzo, director of the Cancer Center, spoke about patient services made possible with proceeds from the Benefits of Home Gala. Event honoree Patti McHugh shared her experiences as a cancer patient and left a lasting impact on attendees with her inspiring words. A thrilling live auction followed with Rich Mauti,

former New Orleans Saint and Cancer Center supporter, serving as the auctioneer. The event concluded with a raffle ticket drawing for two tickets to the 2013 Super Bowl. “I am extremely pleased with this year’s Benefits of Home Gala and I look forward to future events,” France said. “It is my hope that this gala, and others, help raise awareness of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital and the wonderful work they do in our community to help patients and their families.” Corizzo was also touched by the response from the community. “I am overwhelmed by the number of guests who attended in support of the Cancer Center and the patients we treat,” she said. “We appreciate their dedication and support so Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital can provide the best quality cancer care in our community.”


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From left: Leslie Landry, Joel Champagne, John Georges, Kendra France, Jill Champagne

Northshore President’s Council

From left: Parish President Pat Brister and Honorary Chair Patti McHugh




American Trucking Group Blue Runner James Elzey Mike and Linda Ford Tim and Karen Lindsey Pro Serv Estimating United HealthCare

Assurant Employee Benefits CJ Ladner State Farm Coventry Geophysical Pursuit Gifted Nurses Gilsbar Inside Northside/Murphy Appraisals Jones Fussell Law Firm Kehoe – France William and Karen McNabb Mutual of Omaha Northwestern Mutual Pelican Energy Consultants Peoples Health Principal Financial Resource Bank Rickie and Denise Ragan Stewart Interior Contractors Taggart Morton Talley, Anthony, Hughes, & Knight Unum Valero St. Charles Refinery M.J. and Jackie Wolfe Zaunbrecher Treadaway

Champagne Beverage Company Cupcake Concept Gallagher’s Grill The Lakehouse Lola Restaurant PJ’s Coffee

GOLD SPONSORS Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Cetco Oilfield Cigna H2O Salon and Spa H&R Block Mandeville Prescription Benefits RPS First Premium

IN-KIND SUPPORT Delta Printing Kentzels Printing Kleinpeter Photography Mandeville Party Company Northshore To Do See-Hear Productions The Tent Man Villerie’s Florist

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Eddie Jones’ outgoing personality allowed him to cross paths with many different people throughout his life. He enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Many of his friendships were cultivated by a life of work in the National Football League (NFL). Those friends, in addition to numerous organizations and individuals from throughout the NFL, have honored Eddie Jones’ memory with tribute gifts to the Heart of a Hero program. Eddie Jones grew up in Denham Springs, La.,

He rose through the ranks and served as team

where he was a four-sport high school letterman

president from 1982 to1985. After 18 years with the

in basketball, baseball, softball and football. After

Saints, Eddie transitioned into a consultant role for


graduating from Denham Springs High School in

the NFL Management Council and worked on the

Heart of a Hero Honoree

1956, Jones served four years in the U.S. Air Force

collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players

and then attended Louisiana State University on the

Association in the mid-1980s. He was then hired as

G.I. Bill. He graduated in 1962 with an accounting

vice president of finance and administration for the

degree and joined Arthur Anderson & Company in

Miami Dolphins in 1985, once again rising to the

New Orleans. During his first year with the accounting

position of team president (1996-2005).

firm, Jones was assigned to manage the financial statements/books for a brand new National Football League franchise, the New Orleans Saints.

Jones was an avid football fan and loved being around people, explained his wife. “The NFL offered Eddie a variety of opportunities to meet people from owners

According to Jones’ wife, Marilyn Cunningham

to ball boys,” Jones said. “He took time to mentor

Jones, one of the team’s owners was impressed by

young players about how to manage their money and

her husband’s work ethic and recognized how easy

invest for the future, never accepting any money. He

it was for him to communicate with people. In

just wanted to use his accounting experience to help

1968, John W. Mecom, Jr. invited Jones to join the

them. Eddie loved working with people.”

Saints organization as the team’s business manager.

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HEART OF A HERO enables doctors and staff of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital to respond to the question often asked by patients: “I’m so grateful for the care you gave me; what can I do to say thanks?” Your gift to HEART OF A HERO helps in many important ways, including providing thousands of free cancer screenings, offering hundreds of prevention and education outreach programs and treating patients in need.

With annual gifts ranging from $100 to $10,000, the generosity of these donors makes it possible to provide vital cancer resources across the full spectrum of care to residents of the Northshore community. Anonymous (2) Kim and Robert Crosby Mr. and Mrs. Kyle France H. W. Rosenblum JAA Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lehman Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force Cassie and Joseph Luquet Mr. and Mrs. Mark Malkemus Jimmy and Lillian Maurin Mr. and Mrs. Bill McNabb Ron and Corinne Ness P & W Industries, L.L.C. Parish Concrete, L.L.C. POOLCORP Mr. and Mrs. Ross Quartano Mr. Gerald E. Reed, Jr. State Farm Insurance United Way of Southeast Louisiana June and Harry Warner Peter and Lisa Wilson

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The Northshore community was challenged to Geaux Pink to help raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. More than $32,000 was raised through the Geaux Pink Program. Funds will support cancer awareness, early detection and screening programs in local participating Northshore communities. THANK YOU TO OUR 2012 PARTICIPANTS!

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Archbishop Hannan High School Bogalusa Middle School Bra Genie Buffalo Wild Wings Cedarwood School, Inc. Christ Episcopal School Covington High School Cupcake Concept Dakota Restaurant Del Porto Dr. Allen Parr Dr. Gary Agena Franklinton High School Franklinton Junior High School Franklinton Primary School Kehoe -France Northshore Looking Glass Salon Mandeville High School Mandeville High School Band Mandeville High School Volleyball Team Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School Mount Hermon School Northlake Christian School Northshore Neuro Services, Brian Works Academy Pinkberry PJ’s Coffee Posh Boutique Raising Canes Resource Bank Saint Scholastica Academy Spencer’s Feed and Seed St. Peter’s Catholic School Star Fitness Star Physical Therapy The Chimes The Mix The Villa & Basics Underneath Thomas Elementary School Uniform By Bayou Walter Reed District Attorney’s Office

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In 2012, nine community events were held that raised nearly $40,000. These fundraising events are managed independently by community volunteers in collaboration with Center leadership. Funds raised stay on the Northshore to help with the fight against cancer. We are truly grateful to all community event organizers and supporters. Thank you!

Stirling Properties, a long-time supporter and friend of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, donated $10,000 from their 12th annual golf tournament. Nearly 30 teams enjoyed the day at the University Club in Baton Rouge. We are truly appreciative of Stirling Properties’ support. Since 2004, they have contributed more than $76,000 to the fight against cancer.

KC’s Babycakes proudly presented a check to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital from the 2nd annual Derby for Cancer to fund a state of the art defibrillator for the Center. Derby for Cancer, an evening soiree, in celebration of the horse racing season, featured delicious food, a full bar, live music, silent auction, table decorating contest, ladies’ derby hat contest and more.

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The Crawfishman Race Committee presented a $4,000 donation to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital to help with patient needs. The triathlon has supported the Cancer Center for many years and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.

2013 SAVE THE DATES: MAY 3: St. Tammany Cancer Fund Goodyear Memorial Golf Tournament 5: Crawfishman Triathlon 11: Dragon Boat Festival

JUNE 7: Survivors Day

JULY Strike Out Cancer

AUGUST 22: Benefits of Home

SEPTEMBER The very talented staff of Isis the Salon hosted a Cut-A-Thon to help raise funds and awareness for a disease that has touched all of our lives in one way or another.

The Rich Mauti Cancer Fund recently presented Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital with a check for $5,000 to assist with early detection and screening efforts. It is because of the generosity of our community partners that Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital can educate the community on the importance of early detection and prevention.

Project Push-Up 28: Tour de Lis

OCTOBER Geaux Pink 26: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure New Orleans 28: Stirling Properties Golf Tournament For more information, visit

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Funding from grants plays a vital role in the mission of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital by helping maintain the standard of excellence for those we serve. We sincerely thank the following grantors for supporting the local fight against cancer.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) granted $2 million to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to purchase and operate a mobile medical clinic. The clinic will provide free cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured residents in four southeast Louisiana parishes, including St. Tammany. The BRAF grant will provide up to $750,000 to purchase the unit and $1.25 million to operate the unit for five years, including funding for a full-time early detection and education specialist, patient navigator and outreach coordinator.

Healin’ Through Wheelin’ is the theme of an annual run, ride and walk that takes place in New Orleans City Park each spring. Tour de Lis has raised more than $1 million over the past five years to provide programs that deliver financial and emotional support to cancer survivors. Tour de Lis has granted $25,000 to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital for a series of free cancer screenings to reach medically underserved adults living in rural communities on the Northshore.

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The Susan G. Komen New Orleans Affiliate awarded Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital a $21,000 grant to provide physician services and mammograms for several free breast cancer screening events in 2012 and 2013 on the Northshore. Also, Komen Baton Rouge and Komen Bayou Region Affiliates in southeastern Louisiana are extremely important breast health partners in the Early Detection and Education Program. These programs focus on greater access to healthcare for Louisiana’s large population of uninsured and underinsured adults.

The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett

BROWN FOUNDATION The St. Tammany Cancer Fund (STCF) presented Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital with a check for $8,000 to help establish a new support group for young breast cancer survivors under age 40. Survivors in this age group often have a number of issues that do not concern the majority of breast cancer survivors age 50 and older. STCF granted an additional $6,000 to remove transportation barriers for under-resourced patients, a recurring grant since 2009. This funding is used to supply gas cards to those patients in need of help with transportation to adhere to an uninterrupted treatment regimen while battling cancer.

Joe W. & Dorsett Brown Foundation, based in Metairie, has supported the work of nonprofits that carry out its mission “to alleviate human suffering” through health, education, environment and housing projects to improve the local community." The Brown Foundation is supporting the work of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital with free cancer screenings to reduce the high rate of cancer mortality. In 2012, more than 200 medically underserved adults in the New Orleans area and in several south Louisiana parishes, especially those along the Gulf Coast, benefitted from the support of the Brown Foundation.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital was named a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient in 2012. Created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation to support community organizations in their efforts to help empower cancer survivors, the Center will use the $12,000 grant to offer an evidencebased survivor program, called Pillars4Life, a patient/caregiver support program proven to enhance cancer patients’ quality of life. Social workers at the Center have completed the requisite training and will fully implement Pillars4Life in the first quarter of 2013.

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