Ebola Preparedness Information for the Community

Baton Rouge, La. --- As part of the hospital’s preparedness efforts, Baton Rouge General has proactively taken steps to ensure the preparedness of all staff as well as education and awareness to protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and the public.

“Baton Rouge General maintains the highest standards for patient safety, including rigorous infection control/isolation policies and protocols for the protection of all patients, visitors, staff, and everyone who enters the hospital,” said Dr. Robert Kenney, Vice-President of Medical Operations for the Baton Rouge General. “We had beforehand proactively drilled on managing a potential Ebola patient, equipping our staff to safely meet the needs of that patient and the protection of family members and hospital staff in the event that the situation was in our area.”

“Rest assured, our hospital is well prepared to handle all potential public health situations. We work closely together with other hospitals in the region, as well as local and state agencies to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and the community,” noted Mark F. Slyter, President and CEO of Baton Rouge General.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Ebola poses no substantial risk to the U.S. general population, and has provided helpful information for the community about the Ebola virus:

  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water.
  • The virus is spread by direct contact with an infectious person’s body fluids.
  • A person must have symptoms to spread Ebola to others.
  • There is no risk of getting Ebola from someone who has recovered from Ebola, or those who were exposed but are not yet sick.

The CDC website offers detailed question and answers about the virus as well as facts about Ebola in the U.S.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 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. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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