Metairie, LA-based East Jefferson General Hospital has established a partnership with the University of Texas' M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. East Jefferson officials called the move a boon for cancer care in southeast Louisiana, and that the pact extends the range of M.D. Anderson's expertise to the New Orleans area. Under the three-year agreement, East Jeffeson will pay M.D. Anderson $500,000 annually, with an option to extend the relationship.