Baton Rouge General, Mayor and Local Hospitals Honored with NOVA Award

Baton Rouge, La. – Many Baton Rouge residents are eating better, exercising more and improving their health, thanks to Mayor-President Kip Holden’s Healthy BR initiative. With more than 70 partner organizations, including the area’s five acute care hospitals, Healthy BR received the prestigious NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association. Representatives from local hospitals and the Mayor’s office accepted the award at presentation in San Francisco on July 25. Healthy BR, part of the Mayor's Healthy City Initiative, is one of five national winners of this year’s NOVA Award which recognizes hospitals and collaborations that are taking innovative steps to improve community health.

“Baton Rouge General is proud to stand together with our community partners in supporting the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative efforts to make Baton Rouge a healthier community,” said Mark F. Slyter, President and CEO.


Pictured (L to R) at the AHA’s NOVA Award presentation: Denise Dugas, Vice Presidents of Operations, Seaside Healthcare; Eric McMillen, Chief Executive Officer, Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge; Teri Fontenot, President and CEO, Woman’s Hospital; Mark Slyter, Chief Executive Officer, Baton Rouge General Medical Center; Scott Wester, President and CEO, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Coletta Barrett, Vice President of Mission at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Chair of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative; Andy Allen, Community Outreach Coordinator, Office of Mayor-President Melvin ‘Kip’ Holden.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.