Benson family donates historic $20 million to Ochsner Cancer Institute

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The Ochsner Health System announced today that they have received a $20 million gift, the largest in the history of the organization.

The gift came from New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Owners Gayle and Tom Benson. The donation is a part of a huge expansion of the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center, which will make it one of the leading destinations for cancer care across a multi-state region.

The Cancer Center expansion will include:

  • 100,000 square feet of expanded oncology clinics across five floors with the addition of over 50 personalized and semi-private patient chemo infusion stations; more than doubling the patient space in a relaxing and compassionate atmosphere.
  • A full spectrum of specialty-trained physicians who employ a team approach to treating cancer patients through weekly conferences and open and integrated communication.
  • Comprehensive approach to urologic, gynecologic and surgical oncology for all cancer types.
  • A clinical cancer research program with a large range of clinical trials for all cancer types; including cutting edge drugs, new agents and anti-cancer agents for treating cancer.