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
“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
- 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.
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
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