Baton Rouge General Nationally Recognized as Seniors-Friendly Hospital

Enhanced Designation Marks Commitment to Exceptional Care for Senior Patients

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General Medical Center recently earned “Seniors Friendly” status – enhancing the hospital’s national designation as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility. This new "Senior Friendly" recognition highlights the hospital’s commitment to excellence in caring for seniors. With the 65 and older population in the Greater Baton Rouge area expected to reach approximately 13% of the total population by the end of 2016, Baton Rouge General is focused on serving the needs of the growing baby boomer community.
“As a regional healthcare quality leader, achieving this enhanced “Seniors-Friendly” designation illustrates our caregivers’ commitment to delivering the highest quality care with focused attention to the unique needs of our seniors community,” said Mark F. Slyter, Baton Rouge General’s President and CEO.

Baton Rouge General is focused on comprehensive care for seniors, from education and fitness classes to help seniors stay well to our patient navigator services to help patients safely transition home after a hospital visit.

“As a NICHE hospital, Baton Rouge General is focused on evidence-based nursing approaches to interdisciplinary geriatric care that promote positive experiences and better outcomes for our senior patients,” said Anna Cazes, RN, MSN, DNS, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. “We have also implemented system-wide aging-sensitive policies and included the input of patient, families, and community-based providers in developing our seniors programs.”

Seniors-Friendly status is awarded to NICHE hospitals that have undergone a rigorous evaluation of their seniors programs and services. Specific areas targeted by the NICHE program include:
  • Decreasing length of hospital stay
  • Reducing hospital-acquired complications
  • Educating staff on enhanced sensitivity to seniors’ needs
  • Redesigning patient care areas to enhance function and comfort

Baton Rouge General’s seniors programs and services are led by a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team of nurses and physicians specially trained in geriatric care in collaboration with clinicians from related care areas, including physical therapists, pharmacists and social workers who have received specialized geriatric sensitivity training. For questions about senior care, contact Mary Uter, LCSW, Senior Care Consultant, at (225) 387-7632 for more information.

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, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.


NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is the leading nurse driven program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65-and-over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing and comprised of 500 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout North America, engages hospitals and their affiliates in achieving and sustaining the NICHE designation. NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital's organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital's efforts to serve their communities.

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