BATON ROUGE, La. – Today, the Baton Rouge General (BRG) Foundation
announced a $2 million match gift directed to BRG’s Pennington Cancer
Center from The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation. Once fulfilled,
the donation will be the single largest gift in BRG’s history.
With their gift, the Pennington Foundation issues a challenge: for every
dollar directed to the Pennington Cancer Center -- up to $1 million --
they will donate $2, for a total impact of $3 million.
Opened in 1987, the Pennington Cancer Center was the first accredited cancer
program in Baton Rouge. It was named after the Pennington family in 2006,
after their generous donation allowed BRG to be the first in the country
to purchase the Artiste linear accelerator, the most advanced treatment
option at the time, increasing access to high quality cancer care for
people throughout the region.
“It’s been more than 10 years since my family and I helped
celebrate the opening of the Pennington Cancer Center, and our continued
support is founded on the belief that people shouldn’t have to leave
home to get the very best care,” said Paula de la Bretonne. “I’m
honored to be able to support BRG’s cancer program and ensure the
latest technology is available for patients in the Baton Rouge area.”
The gift will help fund the continuous growth in technology and equipment
at the Pennington Cancer Center, including a new PET CT scanner for the
most advanced diagnostic imaging, an additional linear accelerator for
life-saving radiation treatments, new Savi Scout technology that makes
lumpectomies more successful and easier for patients and surgeons, and
a biopsy table for minimally invasive, targeted procedures.
Each year, BRG’s Pennington Cancer Center treats more than 1,500
patients, administers more than 10,000 radiation treatments and more than
20,000 infusions. It was the Baton Rouge area’s first accredited
comprehensive breast center by the National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers. It is also the only cancer program in the area with three
linear accelerators, offering radiation oncology at three locations across
the region – Bluebonnet, Mid City and Zachary.
BRG President and CEO Edgardo Tenreiro said, “Paula and her family
have been instrumental in the growth and success of our cancer program.
Her family’s generosity has allowed us to remain at the forefront
of cancer treatments, caring for tens of thousands of cancer patients
across the Baton Rouge area.”
For more information, contact the
Baton Rouge General Foundation.
Paula de la Bretonne