August 08, 2019
Click here to read the article in the Baton Rouge Business Report
A joint effort between the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center and the Albermarle Foundation to educate employees about cancer and provide a "Prevention on the Go" cancer screening program in the workplace was featured in the Baton Rouge Business Report. Taylor Porter is one of the coporate participants in the program which works to prevent and detect different types of cancer early in corporate environments.
The program has encountered 24 diagnoses between its August 2016 launch and May 2019 screenings. Since its June 2016 pilot, Mary Bird Perkins-OLOL has also reported removals of 109 pre-cancerous lesions, including one oral lesion from program participants. Other program results include significant lifestyle changes; for example, some employees have quit smoking cold-turkey after getting screened, while others have begun scheduling regular medical check-ups.
Its promising outcomes are encouraging more employers — 23 throughout Louisiana, to date — to purchase the screenings as an add-on service in their companies’ wellness packages. In a state with the fourth-highest cancer-related mortality rate in the country, the service is especially appealing to Baton Rouge’s corporate scene.
Taylor Porter Partner and Executive Committee Vice-Chair Vicki Crochet was quoted in the article, and said enrolling the law firm in the Prevention on the Go workplace program was a no-brainer, especially after Mary Bird Perkins-OLOL accommodated its microsite to fit the firm’s potentially tricky location in the Chase North Tower downtown. Precancerous lesions were removed from three Taylor Porter participants during the firm’s first on-site screening in April. Taylor Porter has since reenrolled, hoping to attract even more participants the next time around. All that should take is word of mouth, says Crochet, as the stories speak for themselves. “This heightens folks’ sensitivity to the importance of the issue,” she says. “It wasn’t a very hard sell.”
Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center offers the most advanced technology and services provided by a dedicated team of nationally-recognized oncology experts. The Cancer Center provides best-practice, comprehensive care at every stage of the cancer journey, including disease site-specific multidisciplinary care teams, a robust clinical research program and extensive supportive care services.
A loyal supporter and community partner of Mary Bird for more than 45 years since the Cancer Center’s opening in 1971, Taylor Porter has been a long supporter and made significant contributions toward improving survivorship and lessening the burden of cancer in Louisiana. Many of the Firm’s attorneys have served in board and committee leadership roles, including Partner Brett Furr recently serving as Mary Bird Perkins Board Chair.
For more information on the Cancer Center, and how you can become involved, please visit mbpolol.org.