Ochsner is committed to a clinically-integrated research program with the ultimate goal of improving the health and wellness of our patients and communities. As the largest academic medical center in Louisiana, we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals to be leaders who can meet evolving healthcare challenges.
While in New Orleans, Texas 4000 riders met with key adult and pediatric oncology physician leaders, gaining insight into the lifechanging work happening every day at the Benson Cancer Center. The riders also celebrated a patient’s milestone moment, lining the hallways with Ochsner staff for a social distanced clap out as Ochsner cancer patient and avid triathlete and cyclist Daniel Allemond was discharged following a successful bone marrow transplant after a six-year battle against leukemia.
At 75,000 square feet, it is double in size of the previous cancer center, increasing capacity to offer more high-quality cancer services and advanced clinical research than have ever been available on the Northshore.
This expanded offering is an enhancement to OMC – West Bank’s continuing commitment to offer high quality care for the community – treating cancer patients requiring chemotherapy treatments as well as patients in need other infusions including immunotherapy, blood products, iron infusions, therapeutic phlebotomy and IV hydrations.
The study evaluated 312 Ochsner Health cancer patients who tested positive for COVID-19 between March 1 and April 30, 2020 and compared that group’s mortality rates with 4,833 Ochsner Health COVID-19-positive patients without cancer during that same time period.
The 115,000 square foot addition, majorly funded by a $20 million gift from Gayle Benson and her late husband, Tom Benson, in 2017, has doubled the size of the Cancer Center, increasing capacity to offer more high-quality cancer services and advanced clinical research.
Ochsner staff will be onsite to also discuss cancer services and survivorship, community resources, dermatology, breast health, colon and rectal cancers, radiation and chemotherapy, smoking cessation, financial support, and much more.