Baton Rouge General Caring for Eight Patients of Williams Olefins Plant Explosion


Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General has received eight patients who arrived at both our hospital campuses via air and ground transport, as a result of this morning’s tragic incident at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana. 

Dr. Flip Roberts, Baton Rouge General’s Chief Medical Officer, provided a brief press conference on behalf of our emergency and regional burn center teams and expressed heartfelt concerns for the victims, their families and friends associated with this accident.

The General is caring for eight patients at this time – one in critical condition, two in serious condition, two in fair condition and three in good condition. Five patients have sustained burns and are being treated at Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center, on our Mid City campus.

The 48 -72 hours following any major burn injury is a critical time period, and the clinical focus surrounds stabilizing airways, replacing fluids due to the escape of fluids from the wounded areas, and treating burn wounds with antibacterial dressings to combat infection.

Baton Rouge General has made contact with the immediate family of all eight patients and has opened a social support line for families and employer personnel seeking information at (225) 387-7767.

Baton Rouge General will provide further updates online at and at facebook/batonrougegeneral.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds on 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. 

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.

Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center

Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center opened in July of 1970, providing 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 cares for more than 3,000 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.