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At Baton Rouge General, Patients Feel the Difference

Baton Rouge, La. – Sharing news about national recognition for providing top quality medical care is an honor. But what’s most important is how these achievements translate into better care for patients, and how they reflect on the team of caregivers who are at the heart of Baton Rouge General’s latest ratings – from earning the only “A” in Baton Rouge for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group; to thirteen #1 rankings by CareChex in clinical areas like heart care and women’s health; and recognition in the Joint Commission’s 2014 Annual Report as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ (see full report card below).

An unwavering focus on safety and quality care is a differentiator for Baton Rouge General, and patients can feel that difference in a very tangible way. For Ronald Leblanc, the difference was quickly getting back on his feet after a major heart attack. Watch Ronald’s story. And for Christiana Chaisson, quality care meant regaining independence after suffering a stroke. Watch Christiana’s story.

"As someone who works in the healthcare field, I know that choosing a facility is more than just the bricks and mortar - it's about highly trained caregivers who have both compassion and competence," said Sandra Brown, Mrs. Chaisson's daughter. "I knew that my mother would receive high-quality care at Baton Rouge General - everyone works as a team to achieve the best outcomes for patients."

“Baton Rouge General’s outstanding quality and safety performance are a reflection of our caregivers’ commitment to go the extra mile to deliver quality care that demonstrates the highest standards for clinical excellence and gets our patients back to living life to the fullest,” said Mark F. Slyter, FACHE, President and CEO of Baton Rouge General. “These clinical achievements will continue to motivate our hospital team on our ongoing journey to perfection in patient care.”

“As healthcare providers, report cards keep us striving for perfection in patient care, and even more importantly, they help patients make informed, meaningful decisions when it comes to their healthcare,” said Dr. Floyd Roberts, Chief Medical Officer at Baton Rouge General.

Baton Rouge General’s most recent report card includes recognitions as:

  1. Baton Rouge’s only “A”-rated hospital for safety by the Leapfrog Group

Leapfrog Group’s scoring methodology is comprised of 28 evidence-based, national performance measures to determine hospitals’ safety scores, including 15 process or structural measures and 11 outcome-based measures. Learn more and see the full report at Hospital SafetyScore.org.

2. Joint Commission Top Performer hospital in the clinical areas of:

    • Heart Attack
    • Heart Failure
    • Pneumonia
    • Surgical Care
Joint Commission is the leading, independent non-profit accreditor of healthcare organizations in the U.S. The Top Performer ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data. Learn more at JointCommission.org.

3. Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient in the following clinical areas:

    • Respiratory Failure (12 years in a row)
    • Heart Failure (2 years in a row)
    • Stroke (2 years in a row)
    • Pneumonia
Healthgrades rates hospitals based on their performance on clinical outcomes for 31 of the most common conditions and procedures. Learn more at Healthgrades.com.

4. CareChex #1 designation in the following clinical categories:

#1 in the state for:
    • Heart Attack Treatment
    • Heart Failure Treatment
    • Orthopedic Care
#1 in Greater Baton Rouge for:
    • Overall Medical Care
    • Cancer Care
    • Heart Attack Treatment
    • Heart Failure Treatment
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Orthopedic Care
    • Women’s Health
    • Hip Fracture Repair
    • Neurological Care
    • Pulmonary Care
CareChex, referred to as the most comprehensive site for rating hospital care, is a division of Comparion® Medical Analytics, and provides a composite evaluation of all components of medical quality, including process of care, outcomes of care and patient experiences. Learn more at CareChex.com.

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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