New $ 100 million cancer center to be built at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge

The Notre-Dame-du-Lac regional center plans to inaugurate a $ 100 million stand-alone, multidisciplinary cancer center next year, state and health officials said at a press conference on Monday. .

The OLOL Cancer Institute will be built adjacent to the current footprint of the hospital and will house medical and surgical oncology practices, a center for chemotherapy, advanced imaging and diagnostics for treatment, education facilities and research and conference center.

“Physical, emotional and spiritual care is proven to play an important role in the diagnosis, treatment and survival of cancer,” said Scott Wester, CEO of OLOL. “We are delighted to bring all of these services together under one roof through our holistic approach to cancer therapy. ”

The hospital is finalizing a deal with an architectural firm experienced in building cancer centers, Wester said at a press conference on Monday.

“This is a game-changing announcement,” Governor John Bel Edwards said at the press conference. “Having world-class care here in Baton Rouge at this new facility is going to be a tremendous asset not only to Baton Rouge, but to our state. ”

Louisiana had the third highest cancer incidence in the United States in 2018, according to data from the National Cancer Institute.

The Institute will be headed by Dr Daniel Nuss.

“This is a historic investment in cancer care for the southern Gulf,” Nuss said. “Patients can have a new confidence that our advanced surgical treatment and hematology and oncology services can all be found here in our community and will serve as an easily accessible destination for those in the southern Gulf. ”

Edwards said he would push for the center to get accreditation from the National Cancer Institute, a sign of cutting-edge treatment. There are currently no such designated centers in Louisiana.

“Too often our residents go out for cancer care, to other facilities in the region and out of state,” said Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “This introduces additional financial barriers and isolates our residents from their best support team, friends and family.”

The Institute, made up of a team of 600 physicians, will collaborate with Louisiana State University and Pennington Biomedical Research to integrate research and treatment.

Did you miss the press conference? You can watch the live stream here.

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