Baton Rouge, La. – U.S. Representative Garret Graves visited Baton
Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center this week to tour the facility
and meet with patients and staff.
"The Burn Center is an asset to this region and is uniquely positioned
to provide world class burn care to Louisiana all from right here in Baton
Rouge," said Rep. Graves.
BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter accompanied Rep. Graves on the tour,
where they met 22-year-old Mason Spratt of Ponchatoula, who was injured
in a worksite accident several weeks ago. Spratt was discharged during
Graves’ visit after more than a month of in-patient care.
“It takes a special team of experts to treat burn injuries,”
said Slyter. “As the only comprehensive burn center in the region,
we are uniquely qualified to care for patients like Mason.”
Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center is one of only 125 specialized
burn centers in the country and treats more than 90 percent of all inpatient
burns in the region annually. Since 2009, the Burn Center has provided
care for more than 8,200 patients recovering from flame, scald, electrical,
chemical and other burn-related injuries.
Nearly 100 victims of industrial accidents are seen at the Regional Burn
Center each year. In their annual economic outlook, LSU Professor Emeritus
Loren Scott and LSU Public Administration Institute Professor James Richardson
projected that 35,000 new jobs will be created in Louisiana in the next
two years, many of which will be in the petrochemical industry. As the
industry expands, Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center becomes
even more important to emergency response procedures in the area.
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
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Pictured here are (front row from left) BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter;
Burn Center Medical Director Dr. Tracee Short; Anna Cazes, Chief Nursing
Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services; Brittany Laird, OT;
(kneeling) Robin Comeaux, Burn Center Manager; Elizabeth Dogette, RN;
and U.S. Representative Garret Graves. (Back row from left) Dr. Ernest
Mencer, Katherine Allen, RN; Nicole Brown, RN; Liz Spreen, RN; Kassidy
Traigle; Sue Dimario, PT; patient Mason Spratt; Belinda Pickette; and
(From left) Patient Mason Spratt, Burn Center Manager Robin Comeaux, and
U.S. Representative Garret Graves.