MMR Joins Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center as Corporate Sponsor

Friday, August 23, 2019

(Baton Rouge, La.) MMR Group, the largest open-shop electrical and instrumentation contractor in the United States, has partnered with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center through a corporate sponsorship that includes a gift to expand and advance cancer care. MMR’s engagement comes after several of its employees and family members were impacted by cancer, prompting the company to take a more proactive role in cancer education, prevention and detection.

“We all have family and friends who have been touched by cancer and MMR is dedicated to ensuring our community’s cancer center continues to provide the best technology, expert physicians, support staff and early detection and outreach services to those impacted by the disease,” said James “Pepper” Rutland, MMR president and CEO. “Further, joining Mary Bird Perkins in its mission is something our entire company supports because so many of us have seen first-hand the compassionate, high-quality care the organization provides.”

MMR was one of the first companies to participate in Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Prevention on the Go – Workplace program, which brings early detection prevention, education and screenings to worksites. In 2018, more than 135 MMR employees were screened for oral and skin cancers and nine employees had abnormal findings – all of which were navigated by a nurse navigator for follow-up testing and care. Three cancer diagnoses were diagnosed as a result of the screening.

Due to employee’s overwhelming response, MMR will expand its participation in this year’s program by extending the screenings to its district offices throughout Louisiana, adding a breast cancer screen and providing further education with early detection/prevention classes. Other Cancer Center activities MMR has supported include the annual gala and golf tournament, which fund care and support for patients and their families. This spring, MMR is excited to launch a health and wellness campaign and workplace giving initiative with its employees to benefit the Cancer Center.

“The generosity of organizations such as MMR is key to advancing our mission of improving survivorship and lessening the burden of cancer,” said Ethan Bush, vice president and chief development officer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “One-hundred percent of donor support directly benefits patients, so MMR can feel good in knowing that its gift will impact many lives. We appreciate their generosity and dedication to the community.”

Companies interested in becoming a corporate partner or participating in Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center’s Prevention on the Go –Workplace program should contact Danielle Mack at (225) 215-1248.

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About MMR

MMR is the industry leader in instrumentation and electrical construction, maintenance and technical services. Under the leadership of President and CEO James “Pepper” Rutland, MMR continues to grow both regionally and nationally with 30 branch offices throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Trinidad, Venezuela, Ecuador and Panamá. For more information on MMR or to inquire about services offered, please visit our brochure, website or call 225-756-5090. Like us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or follow us on Twitter.

About Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center

As a regional destination for cancer care, Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center offers the most advance 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, extensive supportive care services and is the only facility in the Gulf South with the revolutionary Leksell Gamma Knife®Icon™. The American College of Surgeons has named the Cancer Center a recipient of its prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for three consecutive survey cycles. As a nonprofit organization, donor generosity is essential to sustaining the mission of improving survivorship and lessening the burden of cancer for so many throughout Southeast Louisiana and beyond. For more information on the Cancer Center, and how you can become involved, please visit marybirdlake.org.