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Ochsner Health System and the Brees Dream Foundation have formed a partnership to raise $2.3 million for the Women’s Wellness and Survivorship Center located at Ochsner Baptist.

The center provides comprehensive, coordinated care using a holistic approach for the unique health care needs of women, including those diagnosed with and surviving cancer.

Funds will go towards building a permanent location at Ochsner Baptist, hiring additional health care providers and ongoing physician education. Patient Assistance Funds, which provide support to patients experiencing financial hardship, also will be supported through donations.

The Brees Dream Foundation and Ochsner’s Leave A Legacy Employee Giving Campaign are making significant contributions to the cause, donating $500,000 and $300,000, respectively.

The announcement comes during National Women’s Health Week.

"Women often put the health of their partners and children ahead of their own and the Women’s Wellness and Survivorship Center is a place to solely focus on their needs,” said founder Dr. Elizabeth Lapeyre, an OB/GYN at Ochsner Baptist. “I wanted to offer my patients long-term support that focused on their mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing as they faced health issues ranging from menopause to breast cancer." 

“The center is the first of its kind for the region and will provide support, resources and education for women facing health issues. Together, we can transform the lives of the important women in our lives — mothers, sisters and daughters,” said New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees, founder of the Brees Dream Foundation.