Baton Rouge General Nationally Recognized for Improving Quality of Care for Seniors

Achieving Exceptional Outcomes for Skilled Nursing Care Patients

Baton Rouge, La. – For the second year running, Baton Rouge General Medical Center has earned national recognition as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for its ongoing commitment to excellence in caring for seniors. First earning NICHE designation in 2013, the hospital achieved an enhanced level of NICHE distinction by earning “Seniors Friendly” status last fall.

Baton Rouge General offers comprehensive services for seniors – skilled nursing care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, behavioral health services, wellness classes, wound care and hyperbarics and patient navigator services. Louisiana’s senior population is expected to grow by approximately 42% from 2015-2030,* and these programs hold promise for addressing critical healthcare challenges in the region.

“Baton Rouge General’s NICHE designation highlights our commitment to providing patient-centered, high quality services across our health system that respond to the unique health needs of our growing senior community,” said Mark F. Slyter, Baton Rouge General’s President and CEO. “We are proud to be a regional leader in post-acute care services and offer the city’s only acute hospital-based skilled nursing facility which is housed at our Mid City campus.”

“Across our health system, our evidence-based nursing approaches to interdisciplinary geriatric care promote positive experiences and better outcomes for our senior patients,” said Anna Cazes, RN, MSN, DNS, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. “Baton Rouge General’s skilled nursing facility saw more than 900 admissions to the program last year, and has achieved exceptional results – 72% of our skilled nursing patients were able to reach functional levels that allowed them to safely transition home.”

Seniors-Friendly status is awarded to NICHE hospitals that have undergone a rigorous evaluation of their seniors programs and services. Specific areas targeted by the NICHE program include:
  • Decreasing length of hospital stay
  • Reducing hospital-acquired complications
  • Educating staff on enhanced sensitivity to seniors’ needs
  • Redesigning patient care areas to enhance function and comfort

BRG’s seniors programs and services are led by a multidisciplinary team of nurses and physicians trained in geriatric care in collaboration with related care areas, including physical therapists, pharmacists and social workers who have specialized geriatric sensitivity training. For questions about senior care, contact Mary Uter, LCSW, Baton Rouge General’s Senior Care Consultant, at (225) 387-7632.

*United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, 2014.

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 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.

About NICHE

Established in 1992, NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international program designed to help improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65-and-over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, has over 550 hospitals and healthcare organizations from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore in the network.

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