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Baton Rouge General Holds Press Conference - Mid City ER Will Remain Open

Baton Rouge, La. – (August 27, 2014) Baton Rouge General Medical Center (BRG) and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), along with Mayor-President Kip Holden held a joint press conference today at 5 p.m. at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus.

This morning, Baton Rouge General went through the most difficult process of communicating the decision to close their Mid City ER to their more than 3500 employees. During those conversations, the Governor’s Office reached out to confirm they were committed to working with BRG to identify new and sustainable funding in order to help us continue providing vital ER services to the Mid City community.

“We began this day with heavy hearts, but now move forward with optimism and tremendous gratitude. On behalf of the staff at Baton Rouge General, we are certainly grateful to the Administration and DHH for working jointly to identify a means for continuing emergency services to the citizens of our city. With a collaborative spirit, we must continue working together towards innovative solutions that solve some of healthcare’s most complex challenges,” said Baton Rouge General President and CEO Mark F. Slyter.

“We are committed to protecting access to care in the Baton Rouge community. The Department has identified a solution that provides additional uncompensated care funding to Baton Rouge General Hospital that meets their current needs and allows this critical component of the region's health care delivery network to continue providing emergency room services. Our discussions with the Baton Rouge General leadership this morning confirmed that, as a result of this additional funding, they will continue to operate the ER. We'll be working with all of our regional health care partners to develop a plan that ensures the sustainability of emergency services in Mid-City Baton Rouge,” said Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert.

“Baton Rouge General is our city’s first hospital” said Mayor Kip Holden. “Its history runs far and wide, and bears great importance. And to me personally, it means a great deal. I want to thank Baton Rouge General for the vitally important service they provide to our citizens, particularly their focus on highly specialized care for seniors, the chronically ill, and burn patients. It is critical that we keep this hospital strong, not only for the preservation of emergency and specialized services for patients in need – but equally as important – as the economic impact engine for the Mid City community, Greater Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana. I stand together with my friends at Baton Rouge General…and I know you will too.”

In attendance were Baton Rouge General President & CEO Mark Slyter, Mayor-President Melvin ‘Kip’ Holden, Department of Health and Hospitals Chief of Staff Calder Lynch, members of the Baton Rouge General Board of Trustees, Baton Rouge General employees as well as members of the community.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service cOmmunity hospital, with 527 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.

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