The Rev. Kenneth McKnight, of the GFL Cathedral Church of God in Christ, said he hopes a new medical center in Howell Place will encourage his congregation to stay healthy.

“We serve a predominantly Black population and people of color are often looking for services that are nearby and affordable, with this facility opening it’s a win-win for us,” McKnight said. “It’s only a stone’s throw away.”

Inside the renovated medical center is the Ochsner Community Health Brees Family Center, a new 5,000-square-foot primary care health clinic, which opened Tuesday.

The center is named after its main donor’s nonprofit, the Brees Dream Foundation, created by retired New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany.

The Baton Rouge location is expected to serve 10,000 patients in its first year. The clinic has doctors and nurses offering primary care for preventive health care alongside social and mental health services. It has 10 exam rooms, a registration area, laboratory and X-ray services.