Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans received a $20 million donation Tuesday from Tom Benson, owner of the Saints football team and Pelicans basketball team, and his wife, Gayle, The Times-Picayune and The Advocate write. The money will be used to boost care services and clinical research at Ochsner's Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center.
The center, opened in 2010, was established with a $5 million donation from the couple. Mr. Benson underwent surgery at the hospital in 2008 to remove a cancerous mass on one of his kidneys. The new gift will fund an expansion that is set to include 100,000 square feet of oncology clinics and a research program conducting clinical trails for all types of cancer.