Baton Rouge General (BRG) celebrates the one-year anniversary of re-opening the acute care part of its Mid City hospital. BRG also announced new initiatives that will continue to build on Mid City’s resurgence.
“Today we’re celebrating one year since we reopened acute care at Mid City, and I’m proud of all that our team has accomplished here,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, CEO of Baton Rouge General. “We’ve since been able to re-open the emergency room, helping close a gap in access to care, and are re-investing back into the campus in a big way.”
In 2020, over 26,000 patients were treated at BRG’s Mid City campus, an increase of 33% from 2019. In addition to caring for patients with COVID, the team at Mid City treated patients at primary care visits, radiation oncology, rehab, and imaging, among many other services.
“With more people coming through our doors here, a new vision started to unfold,” said Trisha Guidry, chief operating officer at Mid City. “We’re excited about the plans to give our campus a major facelift and feel confident that we will continue to be a beacon of hope for the Mid City community.”
Plans for a new front entrance of the hospital will add green space and make the hospital even more a part of the community. Plans include removing the fence and staff parking lot facing Florida Boulevard, opening up a large park-like space with a plaza and seating. The new area could also be host to future events like BRG’s Pop-up Pink Pumpkin Patch, screening events and Holiday Lights display, as well as other community-driven events in Mid City. In a collaboration with The Walls Project, BRG has also commissioned an 800-square-foot mural for the side of the hospital. Work is set to begin soon, with an anticipated June completion date.
Also part of the one-year anniversary is the announcement of a new initiative from the Baton Rouge General Foundation that addresses health inequity and barriers to care among the hospital’s patient base at Mid City. The CARE Initiative (Community, Access, Resources, and Education) tackles some of the most common issues keeping patients from achieving full health, including transportation, medical equipment, and food insecurity. Many patients struggle to even get to the hospital for radiation or other important visits, and 20% of those who leave our skilled nursing unit need an at-home ramp but can’t afford one. After a short application and CARE committee review, patients can be granted up to $500 in assistance.
BRG has cultivated relationships with community partners that may be connected with patients depending on their needs. For example, Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge is on tap to help with installing wheelchair ramps, and Top Box to help with the proper nutrition to supplement a patient’s treatment. The initiative also means growing existing partnerships with Yellow Cab, Uber, and Lyft, which the hospital uses currently to provide free transportation for Pennington Cancer Center patients.