Baton Rouge General's Cancer Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary Milestone, Earns National Commendat

Patients Benefit from Access to Comprehensive Cancer Care Close to Home

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center has earned three-year accreditation with commendations from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This year’s re-accreditation marks the 25th anniversary of the cancer program’s accreditation by the Commission on Cancer. First earning accreditation in 1989, Baton Rouge General became the region’s first comprehensive cancer center to achieve this designation.

Following a rigorous review, the cancer program was granted re-accreditation for excellence in patient-centered, quality cancer care as well as earning additional commendations for exceeding national standards in five areas:
  • Quality of National Cancer Database (NCDB) data submission
  • Compliance with patient care guidelines set by the College of American Pathologists
  • Active enrollment of patients in clinical trials
  • Reporting of outcomes
  • Quality of nursing care

“Celebrating this anniversary milestone of our cancer program’s Commission on Cancer accreditation is a reflection of Baton Rouge General’s longstanding reputation as a cancer leader in our region, and it demonstrates our physicians’ and caregivers’ unwavering dedication to ensuring patients in our community have access to high-quality cancer care close to home,” said Baton Rouge General President and CEO Mark F. Slyter.

“Baton Rouge General’s program takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer driven by collaboration among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other specialists to provide comprehensive cancer care for patients,” noted Dr. William Russell, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology. “Our patients also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, social support, arts in medicine, physical rehabilitation and a patient navigator.”

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the midst of planning my 25th wedding anniversary. My cancer team at Baton Rouge General was with me every step of the way and I was able to receive exceptional treatment close to the support of my family and loved ones. I am blessed to have celebrated not only my anniversary but also being cancer free,” said Marilynn Faye Stutts, Breast Cancer Survivor.

There are currently more than 1,500 accredited cancer programs in the U.S. representing 30% of all hospitals. Accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70% of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care and help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts. Learn more here.

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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About Commission on Cancer

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. For more information, visit

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