Community Impact

We are also focused on expanding services in women’s health, children’s services and oncology.

Community Impact

Community Impact

CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwestern Louisiana Foundation is proud to have invested over $6 MILLION in cardiology, oncology and neuroscience as we elevate our service offerings through CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital and CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital. We are also focused on expanding services in women’s health, children’s services and oncology.

Recent Investments in Women’s Health, Oncology and More


Nationally accredited breast center – $1.6 million

The James W. Gardiner Breast Center, located on the campus of CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital, provides state-of-the-art technology for women’s breast health, including genetic testing. Thanks to support from the Foundation, this center also addresses the needs of underserved patients across Southwest Louisiana.

John & Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center

Focusing on all aspects of cardiac care, the Foundation has supported several cutting-edge enhancements for the John & Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center, including:

  • Hybrid surgical suite – $1.5 million
    This advanced suite allows cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons to offer the most sophisticated cardiac treatments in Southwest
  • Louisiana. Cardiac catheterization lab relocation – $317,261
    Relocating this lab centralizes our cardiac service line for patients.

Women’s health fund – $200,000

Thanks to donations from our Women’s Health Council and the community, this fund provides health education and financial assistance for screenings to women who are uninsured, underinsured or unable to afford their high deductibles.

Clinical research center – $100,000

As part of CHRISTUS Ochsner’s dedication to bringing critical treatments to Southwest Louisiana, this research center expands clinical trials for cancer and other diseases, along with genetic testing to identify patients’ risk before they’re diagnosed.

Outpatient physical rehabilitation unit – $22,000

The Foundation’s investment in this unit provides new and more advanced rehabilitation equipment to promote healing and faster recovery for patients.

Mental health services – $10,000

This investment provided a therapeutic activity room for geriatric unit patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.