About Us

As Greater Baton Rouge’s first and only full service community hospital since 1900, General Health System has faithfully served Baton Rouge and the surrounding area for more than 100 years. Through historic changes in medicine, extraordinary developments in equipment and technology, and momentous shifts in demographics and community needs, we have heeded the call to serve.

Today, we again face the need for transformation. As people live longer, healthier lives, and as technology creates new opportunities for care, we remain committed to serving the people of Baton Rouge while embracing this new landscape to create exceptional
experiences and value for our patients.

For nearly two years, our organization has been intensely focused on a strategic planning process to help us navigate the countless and unavoidable changes ahead for our industry.

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations.

  • Performed the first open heart surgery in the city
  • Created the first diabetes program
  • Established the first regional burn center in southern Louisiana
  • Opened the first chemical dependency unit in the state 

We continue to identify ways in which the health of our community can be improved through education, prevention and timely access to quality care.  Our comprehensive cancer care and heart programs feature specialists, programs and services, and state-of-the-art technology and treatments all under one roof. Baton Rouge General also serves as one of the few burn treatment centers in the South, and sees patients from all over the southern region.

Because every hospital deserves a great medical staff, we’re training current and future healthcare professionals in the latest technology and practices. As an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General is committed to exceptional medical education through our School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology and our Residency programs: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Sports Medicine. Baton Rouge General is also affiliated with and serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine for students participating in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program.


We will heal, lead and inspire communities to live the healthiest lives possible.

We create exceptional experiences and value for the people we serve through health and healing.

Our Values

Excellence - We commit to continuously improving individual and organizational performance to enhance the outcomes, process, experience and affordability of care for our patients.

Caring - A deep abiding belief that showing genuine concern and kindness to everyone reflects our compassion and respect, fostering a loving, healing environment.

Service - The honor and privilege of giving of ourselves, creating one-on-one connections, responding to the deepest human needs of everyone we serve.

Integrity - Doing what is right in all situations; ascribing to the highest standards and responsibly using all the resources and talents entrusted to us.

Innovation - Transforming our approach, design and delivery of care through creativity, new ideas and leading-edge technology for creating the highest value for our patients.

Respect - We treat all customers with respect, dignity and kindness, regardless of their race, religion, culture or socioeconomic background.

Professionalism - We exemplify professionalism through our attitudes, spirit, and considerations, which portray our character in everything we do.