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Baton Rouge General Aligns with Physician Groups to Create New Standards of Care

New Research Shows Integrated Care Provides Improved Quality, Coordination of Care

Baton Rouge, LA - Today, Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced co-management agreements for the hospital’s cardiovascular service line with the Baton Rouge Cardiology Center (BRCC) and the Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) that will set new standards for clinical quality and patient care. The agreements offer patients collaborative care from leading physicians trained in cardiology, radiology, nuclear medicine, electrophysiology and prevention services.

“More than 10,000 Louisianans die of heart disease every year,” said Mark Slyter, BRG President and CEO. “We want to change that, and we’re focused on finding creative ways to partner with doctors who share our goals and our commitment to improving the cardiovascular health of our community.”

Across the country, clinically integrated collaborative agreements among healthcare providers are increasingly recognized as important to improve care coordination, quality and health outcomes for patients. In a survey of health system and physician organization leaders released by HealthLeaders Media earlier this year, 70 percent of respondents noted improved population health management capabilities among the top reasons for their focus on collaborative care delivery partnerships.

BRG’s heart programs have been recognized many times for their effectiveness and safety in recent years. Earlier this year, CareChex rated BRG first in Louisiana for heart failure treatment and heart attack treatment. The Joint Commission listed BRG as Baton Rouge’s only top performer for heart failure and heart attack in 2013. And the leapfrog group rated BRG as Baton Rouge’s only ‘A’-rated hospital for patient safety in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

“The future of healthcare in Louisiana is all about collaboration,” said Dr. Kenny Cole, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer. “By working together to treat a patient’s medical issues, we are creating an experience that offers better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.”

Aligning with BRCC and CIS allows BRG to continue this commitment to providing innovative, quality services and lead to the expansion of heart treatment options for patients as well as new technologies and advances in care. Recently, physician-led innovation led to the expansion of surgical space for BRG physicians, including a hybrid operating suite for minimally invasive interventions.

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/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About Baton Rouge Cardiology (BRCC)

For more than 35 years, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center (BRCC) has been a recognized and trusted leader in cardiovascular medicine. Providing complete cardiovascular care, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center is equipped with the most modern technology for the evaluation and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The Baton Rouge Cardiology Center team specializes in clinical and interventional cardiology, complex coronary and peripheral intervention and electrophysiology. Baton Rouge Cardiology Center has clinics, throughout southern Louisiana and beyond - so patients can receive our services closer to home. The clinics are located in Amite, Baton Rouge, Brusly, Central, Centreville, Denham Springs, Donaldsonville, Gonzales, Lutcher, Napoleonville, New Roads, St. Francisville, Walker, Woodville and Zachary. For more information about Baton Rouge Cardiology Center, call 225-769-0933 or visit www.brcardiology.com.

About Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS)

CIS is one of the nation’s most respected groups of cardiologists, representing nearly every specialty in heart and vascular medicine. While most leading medical centers are located in a single facility within a large city, CIS and its staff of 525 dedicated team members and approximately 40 physicians bring comprehensive cardiovascular care close to home by serving patients in 14 locations throughout south Louisiana and Alabama. CIS offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program that includes specialized medical professionals trained in nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, prevention services, and lipid management, as well as interventional cardiovascular procedures. The institute is a world leader in treating peripheral arterial disease. CIS consistently positions itself at the forefront of technology by providing the most up-to-date technology coupled with compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 31 years of service to south Louisiana. For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit www.cardio.com.

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