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Pennington Cancer Center at BRG Recognized for Increasing Patient Nutrition Access

Prestigious national award recognizes innovative telehealth technology

Baton Rouge, La. – The Pennington Cancer Center at the Baton Rouge General (BRG) Medical Center has been recognized by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) for recognizing innovative solutions in providing quality cancer care.

In 2014, Pennington Cancer Center expanded radiation oncology services to three locations – Bluebonnet, Mid City and in Zachary, Louisiana.

“In order to provide the necessary patient access to nutrition services without patients or staff spending 30-40 minutes in driving time, we began using telehealth, where patients can receive a nutritional screening and assessment from the dietitian by video-conference at their preferred treatment center during their scheduled treatment visit,” commented Zachary Smith, Radiation Oncology Center Director at Pennington Cancer Center. “With this approach, patients don’t have to schedule multiple appointments and their travel time is reduced. Dietitians’ commutes are also reduced, resulting in valuable interaction time for patients and caregivers. Overall, more cancer patients benefit from the value of pairing proper nutrition with their treatment.”

The Pennington Cancer Center at BRG is honored to receive designation by CareChex as providing the highest quality in Cancer Care for both 2015 and 2016. The ACCC Innovator Awards focus on organizations that advance the goals of improving access, quality and cost-effectiveness of cancer care by creating innovative strategies for its effective delivery. This is the Pennington Cancer Center’s second Innovator Award in the last three years. The first was in 2013 recognizing the creation of emergency charts for patients to use in the event of a disaster.

Learn more about the Pennington Cancer Center at BRG, its award-winning services and team here.

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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