BATON ROUGE, La. Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center has been
caring for two victims of the Geismar plant fire since Thursday night,
April 2 when they arrived via ground transport to the Mid City campus
around 10 p.m. As of this morning, both are in good condition and will
be discharged to return home to their families for the holiday, according
to Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center’s Dr. Tracee Short.
“Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center team has been inspired
by the strength and courage of these two amazing gentlemen,” Dr.
Short commented. “We remain positive about their prognosis, and
are elated to be sending them home to celebrate the Easter holiday with
Ben, age 39, shared holiday plans to gather with his family and children,
ages 6, 9 and 19, for a crawfish boil and to watch today’s LSU baseball game.
“Every nurse and every doctor here in the Burn Center was perfect
– they eased my pain, and made me comfortable. All of them are like
family… it was really like home, away from home,” Ben shared.
Brandon, age 57, is looking forward to his family’s Easter egg hunt
for his 4 year old grandchild and is expected to go home tomorrow.
“It’s hard to be anything but happy right now. We consider
ourselves very lucky to have been cared for here at Baton Rouge General
– these caregivers really love what they do, and it shows,”
For privacy reasons, the patients requested their last names be withheld.
Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center opened in July of 1970
on the hospital’s Mid City campus, and provides a unique service
dedicated to care and treatment of burn victims in the Gulf Coast region.
It was the first designated burn facility in Louisiana, 14th in the nation,
and is one of only 125 specialized burn centers in the U.S. The Burn Center
provides more than 3,000 treatments for adults and children each year
suffering from flame, scald, electrical, chemical and other burn-related
injuries and continues to achieve the highest standards for providing
exceptional inpatient and outpatient care, rehabilitation and support services.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital,
with 591 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
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