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Baton Rouge General Expands Cancer Program with Hematology Oncology Partnership

(BATON ROUGE, LA) - Today, Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced it has expanded its cancer program by partnering with the Hematology Oncology Clinic, a long-standing independent physician practice that specializes in treating blood disorders and cancer.

“One in three people in Louisiana will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime,” said acting BRG President and CEO Edgardo Tenreiro. “The partnership is an important step in rounding out our comprehensive cancer program, allowing us to offer advanced therapies and the highest quality team along with progressive technology, clinical trials, emotional support, and wellness.”

The agreement will enhance BRG’s Pennington Cancer Center by expanding physician coverage and offering a robust suite of cancer treatments, including one of the nation’s only programs for treating renal cell carcinoma and melanoma with Interleukin 2. The clinic will remain in its current location on Baton Rouge General’s Bluebonnet campus.

“We have worked with Baton Rouge General for years, and have always been impressed with the quality and technology available to patients,” said Dr. Gerald Miletello. “This partnership will give our patients access to additional services through the hospital – from the new linear accelerator to support groups and wellness programs.”

BRG’s Pennington Cancer Center was the region’s first accredited cancer center and has been named the highest quality cancer program in Baton Rouge in both 2015 and 2016 by Care Chex. It was recently recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for its telemedicine program that allows patients to consult with physicians remotely. The hospital was also recently named in the nation’s top five percent of hospitals for patient safety by Healthgrades and is the only hospital in Baton Rouge to receive an ‘A’ for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group for 5 years in a row.

Over the last year, BRG has announced several partnerships with healthcare providers, including Gastroenterology Associates, LHC Group, and Ochsner Health System.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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