The Lane Auxiliary presents a check for $20,000 to the LaneRMC Foundation

  The Lane Auxiliary presents a check for $20,000 to the LaneRMC Foundation to support its Cancer Services capital campaign project. The Auxiliary has pledged to donate a minimum of $75,000 over the next three years toward the new Radiation Oncology Center that will open on Lane’s campus in January 2014. Pictured L-R: Liz Owen, Auxiliary President; Frank Ragsdale, Foundation Chairman; Eva Jones, Gift Shop/Jewelry sales; Mabel Case, Treasurer/Gift Shop sales; Mary Whittington, Popcorn sales; Randy Olson, Lane CEO; and Gladys Sims, Book Fair...

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Lane Foundation Announces Capital Campaign

The Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation has announced its goal to raise $500,000 – $1 million to improve cancer services offered on Lane’s campus. More than $300,000 already has been donated or pledged to support Lane Foundation’s project, a $4.5 million Radiation Oncology Center.  Lane Regional has partnered with Baton Rouge General and radiation oncologists William Russell, MD and Andrew Lauve, MD to open the state-of-the-art Center on Lane’s campus in January 2014. Lane’s commitment to the project is $1million which will go towards purchasing a new Linear Accelerator and providing cancer treatment services.  The Linear Accelerator uses external beam radiation to treat all parts and organs of the body by delivering high-energy x-rays to the patient’s tumor, pinpointed to destroy the cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissue. The campaign, guided by a newly formed Development Board of volunteers and local leaders, has received tremendous community support with more than 300 individuals, businesses and organizations making donations and pledges in the first few months. “People throughout the region are contributing to the campaign because they see the impact the Radiation Oncology Center will have on the community,” says LaneRMC Foundation Director Theresa Payment.  “Those battling cancer will no longer have to travel elsewhere to receive life-saving treatment and being able to stay close to home will make things much easier for them and their loved ones.” Internal support for the project has been especially impressive with more than $150,000 donated or pledged by Lane employees and auxiliary members. “We are pleased to see such a generous outpouring of support coming from our staff members and volunteers, as well as from so many individuals, families and businesses.” said Randy Olson, Lane CEO.  “This is a long-term investment the communities we serve will benefit from for generations to come.” For additional information about the Radiation Oncology Center, or to make a donation to the LaneRMC Foundation, please contact Theresa Payment at (225)658-6699, tpayment@lanermc.org  or visit LaneRMCFoundation.org...

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Payment Named Lane Foundation Director

Theresa Dold Payment has been named Director of the Lane Regional Medical Center Foundation. She is responsible for the implementation and achievement of Foundation goals and objectives and working closely with foundation committees to manage and support their activities, projects and programs. Payment has more than 21 years of sales, marketing, writing and fundraising experience. Prior to this position she was associate publisher for the Zachary Post/Feliciana Explorer. As a volunteer, she coordinated fundraising activities for Regional Arts Council of Zachary, Rotary International of Zachary, Cinderella Project of Baton Rouge, Cortana Kiwanis and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Payment is currently a volunteer for the annual Zachary/Baker Relay for Life, Regional Arts Council of Zachary and is an Ambassador for the  Zachary Chamber of Commerce. She received the Baton Rouge Women in Media 2011 Award of Excellence, and the Parenting Publications of America Gold Award for feature and monthly column writing. Theresa grew up in Zachary and lives there with her husband, Mark, and their four children, Landon, April, Emily and Dru.  They are members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. “Lane is very special to me”, says Theresa. “Three of my children were born here, making the hospital a part of some very special moments in my life. The mission of the hospital focuses on excellence integrity, compassion, respect and commitment; all of which I feel are essential in providing the best care for my family and the families of  my community. I am honored to be a member of the Lane...

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New Radiation Oncology Center

New Radiation Oncology Center To Be Open on Lane’s Campus Baton Rouge General and Lane Regional Medical Center Announce Joint Venture Zachary, LA. — Lane Regional Medical Center and Baton Rouge General announced today a joint venture to open a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology Center located on Lane’s campus in Zachary, LA. Bringing together a team of cancer treatment experts, physicians and business leaders, the two organizations are committed to expanding leading-edge radiation cancer treatment services and technology to benefit the people in our region. Radiation oncology is defined as the use of high energy radiation to control, shrink or kill cancerous cells, and is often used as a curative or controlling treatment, usually in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. The American Cancer Society estimates about 23,480 new cancer diagnoses in Louisiana this year, with prostate, lung, female breast, and colo-rectal among the most common. The CDC notes that about 50% of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy during the course of their treatment. Lane Regional Medical Center CEO Randy Olson comments, “We are honored to bring the life-saving services of radiation oncology therapy to the region. Those battling cancer in our area will no longer have to travel elsewhere to receive treatment because we will have a nationally recognized cancer program right here in Zachary.  This partnership symbolizes our continued long-term investment to the communities we serve.” Baton Rouge General President and CEO Bill Holman notes, “Recognized as the region’s first nationally accredited comprehensive cancer center, Baton Rouge General is proud to partner with Lane to expand our programs and services for the good of Zachary patients and families.  Our shared mission is to continuously address the needs of our communities, and our approach is defined by a spirit of teamwork, innovation and fiscal responsibility.”   Groundbreaking of the new facility is expected in late Fall 2012 with a 12-month construction schedule. # # # About Baton Rouge General’s Cancer Program Baton Rouge General’s cancer center was approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program in 1989 and was the first cancer program in the region to attain approval. The program has maintained continuous approval subsequently. Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center was most recently re-approved in March 2011 and again achieved full three-year approval with all eight possible commendations. In addition, the Center’s Radiation Oncology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and most recently received re-accreditation in 2012. In 2009, Baton Rouge General was the first accredited Breast Cancer Program in Louisiana by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This accreditation assures Baton Rouge General patients benefit from: A multidisciplinary team...

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