Baton Rouge General named one of the nation's top hospitals in patient safety

BRG and Ochsner Baton Rouge only two local hospitals on the list

BATON ROUGE, La. - Baton Rouge General (BRG) was one of only two Baton Rouge hospitals recognized for patient safety in an award announced this week.

Only 466 hospitals across the nation achieved the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, including BRG’s Mid City and Bluebonnet campuses and Ochsner Baton Rouge. The distinction places this elite group of hospitals within the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for their excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.

“This recognition is a testament to our commitment to quality and patient safety,” said BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter. “Our team’s unwavering focus allows us to create exceptional experiences and value for the people we serve.”

Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients were determined by evaluating the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for 14 Patient Safety Indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Four types of events make up nearly 75 percent of all patient safety events reported by hospitals. These include: accidental cut, puncture, or hemorrhage; collapsed lung; infections; and bed sores.

Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.2% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.2% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.


Recently, BRG’s parent company (General Health System) and Ochsner announced plans to partner to create the region’s highest quality, lowest cost healthcare delivery system. Both health systems share a like-minded approach to patient care and safety. In 2015, BRG and Ochsner were the only two hospitals in Baton Rouge to receive an ‘A’ for safety from the Leapfrog Group. Of the 2,530 hospitals in the country that were issued a Hospital Safety Score, only 773 earned an A.

Both hospitals have also been recognized by CareChex for medical excellence and overall medical care. In 2016, Baton Rouge General was named #1 in Louisiana for overall medical care, while Ochsner Baton Rouge was named #1 in Louisiana for medical excellence.

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 more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneraland follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Today, more than one million people a day use the Healthgrades websites to search, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians based on the most important measures when selecting a healthcare provider: experience, hospital quality and patient satisfaction. For more information about Healthgrades, visit http://www.healthgrades.com or download the Healthgrades iPhone app.

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