NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

The recipient entity's physical address:
           Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3482


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-3482


Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          The list of original incorporators is provided below. The original nonprofit incorporation was done in 1968 under the name Cancer, Radiation and Research Foundation. The name was officially changed to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in 1993.

Dr. Julius H. Mullins
John W. Barton
Harry D. Richardson
Wallace F. Armstrong
Mrs. Joseph Lipsey
Dr. M.F. Currier
Dr. Thomas R. Ramsay
Maurice J. Wilson
J. Ralph Vannoy
Dr. Allie Woolfolk
Dr. Lynnwood J. Brassett
Dr. Henry W. Jolly, Jr.
Preston V. Kors
Dr. J.J. Rathbone, Jr.
Dr. Richard C. Boyer
Dr. Roy A. Parker


The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0520

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $75,000

What type of request is this?  Both

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Brett Furr – Chair
P.O. Box 2471
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Bill O’Quin - Vice Chair
2651 Kleinert Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Thomas J. Adamek – Secretary/Treasurer)
236 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Tom Meek, Jr., M.D. – Immediate Past Chair
5326 O’Donovan Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Todd Stevens – President/CEO, MBPCC
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Charles G. Wood, M.D. – Medical Director
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Laurie Aronson
6823 Exchequer
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

John C. Boyce
919 Sweets Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Art Favre
9901 Pecue Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Gerald T. Goss – Foundation Chairman
6300 Corporate Blvd., #120
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Alice Greer
3075 Gilbert Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Janice Guitreau
13440 L Landry Road
Gonzales, LA 70737

Cordell Haymon
672 Nelson Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Rose Hudson
19439 North Trent Jones
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Eric Lane
10945 Reiger Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Cynthia Peterson, Ph.D
124 Hatcher Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

H.N. "Hank" Saurage
5135 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

John Smith
P.O. Box 53245
Baton Rouge, LA 70892

Erich Sternberg
8485 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Paul R. Thompson
400 Convention Street, Suite 400
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

David A. Winkler
2956 Torrance Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Alan Zaunbrecher
406 N. Florida St., Suite 2
Covington, LA 70433

Renea Duffin, VP Outreach and Cancer Programs
4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The proposed funding will support scientific research and innovation in cancer care within an applied physics program run jointly by Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and Louisiana State University. Since 2004, MBPCC and LSU have operated an integrated training and research program in the field of medical physics, which is an applied branch of physics concerned with the application of the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. In the setting of cancer therapy, medical physicists develop new therapeutic techniques, collaborate with the treating physician (radiation oncologists) to design individualized treatment plans, and monitor equipment and procedures that ensure cancer patients receive the correct dose of radiation to the correct location. Due to the highly specialized nature of the field, a career in medical physics requires an undergraduate degree in physics, a graduate degree in medical physics, and postgraduate residency training in medical physics.

Graduate students enrolled in MBPCC-LSU medical physics program, one of only 40 accredited such programs in the country, receive classroom and research training in their pursuit of Masters and/or Doctoral degrees in medical physics. After completing their graduate training, these professionals then enter residency training programs in preparation for the board certification exam and, ultimately, a career in cancer care. In that regard, MBPCC also houses the nation’s largest accredited residency program in medical physics to provide the complete continuum of training (classroom, research, and clinical) in medical physics. Our program serves as a national model for a successful public-private partnership because it leverages the resources of a research university to improve cancer care in the community setting. As a result, the program attracts top candidates (both students and faculty) from around the country.

Cancer patients in Louisiana benefit from our program primarily through the development of novel treatment technologies and techniques that improve survivorship, lessen side effects, and increase the efficiency of care delivery in our community. The size and regional presence of MBPCC means that innovative technologies are rapidly distributed across a network of facilities within southeast Louisiana. The academic culture of the program encourages publication of research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, further proliferating advances made in Louisiana to locations throughout the world. As evidence of this, the program has published more than 40 research papers in peer-reviewed journals over the last four years.

Cancer therapy is highly individualized, technologically intensive, and extremely complex. Each patient has a treatment plan that is tailored to his or her disease and anatomy. The customization of each plan is achieved through a complex chain of events that includes imaging, computer modeling, virtual treatment comparisons, and sophisticated treatment delivery technology. In particular, the computer modeling process is labor intensive and subjective. More complex cases can require several days for the medical physicist, treating physician, and other members of the treatment team to collaborate and determine the ideal plan of treatment. Much of this time on the front end of the treatment planning process is done via computer modeling whereby medical physicists conduct a lengthy process of making many dose adjustments and assessing the resulting changes in the distribution of dose throughout the body. This process is necessary to develop the “ideal” and highly tailored treatment plan.


What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $75,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The purpose of our requested project is to develop a software tool that can be used by the treatment team to estimate the “ideal” dose distribution for each patient before beginning the time and labor intensive computer modeling process. Such a project would have two major benefits: First, the medical physicist(s) would already have an estimate of what could be achieved in terms of distribution doses, thus significantly reducing the time required to develop a treatment plan. This would, in turn, reduce the time and resources needed to develop the plan and facilitate more rapid treatment for patients, many of whom require treatment to begin as quickly as possible. Secondly, but most importantly, this research would further enhance the quality of the treatment plan because the subjectivity associated with developing an ideal plan would be removed. This approach would provide for more consistent solutions for patients. Having an estimate of the ideal plan would allow the medical physicist to immediately navigate to the best possible treatment plan.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The proposed project will utilize a set of patients that will serve as library or reference cases. Ideal plans will be developed for each using a plan optimization utility available on our dedicated research treatment planning computers. The utility is too slow to be used routinely in the clinic, but is a perfect solution for generating the proposed library of “ideal” plans. A mathematical relationship between the qualities of the ideal plan and the anatomy of the patient will be created. This relationship will then be applied to future patients by determining which library case the current patient most resembles and selecting the corresponding plan as the “ideal” one for the patient. The ideal plans will be compared with those that are constructed using the trial-and-error approach in order the test the effectiveness of the technique. Development and testing of the tool will be begin with prostate cancer patients, and then extended to other sites such as breast, lung, and brain once feasibility is established.

The requested funding for this project is $75,000 for one year. The request funding would provide one year of stipend support for a MS student ($20,000) and PhD student ($30,000) enrolled in the MBPCC-LSU graduate program in medical physicist. Approximately 10% effort of a staff physicist at MBPCC ($25,000) is also required to lead the project and supervise the graduate students. Additional resources needed for the project – such as the treatment planning software, analysis software, and desktop computers – will be provided by MBPCC. Once feasibility is established, further support for the PhD student and staff time may be requested in future NGOs.


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           One year

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                 N/A
    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                 N/A

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                 N/A

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                  N/A

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               N/A

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
               N/A

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
                N/A

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has contracts with Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center (52579 Hwy 51 South, 70443) in Independence; Terrebonne General Medical Center at 8166 Main Street in Houma, LA; St. Tammany Parish Hospital at 1202 S. Tyler St. in Covington LA 70433;
and North Oaks Medical Center at 15790 Paul Vega, MD, Drive in Hammond, LA 70403.


(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               The nature of the contract is to provide radiation therapy services to patients.


Contact Information
name:  Amy Benton 
                                       address:  4950 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

                                       phone:  225 215 1210
                                       fax: 
                                       e-mail:  abenton@marybird.com
                                       relationship to entity:  VP, Communications and Governmental Affairs