U.S. Representative Garret Graves Visits Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center

Baton Rouge, La. – U.S. Representative Garret Graves visited Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center this week to tour the facility and meet with patients and staff.

"The Burn Center is an asset to this region and is uniquely positioned to provide world class burn care to Louisiana all from right here in Baton Rouge," said Rep. Graves.

BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter accompanied Rep. Graves on the tour, where they met 22-year-old Mason Spratt of Ponchatoula, who was injured in a worksite accident several weeks ago. Spratt was discharged during Graves’ visit after more than a month of in-patient care.

“It takes a special team of experts to treat burn injuries,” said Slyter. “As the only comprehensive burn center in the region, we are uniquely qualified to care for patients like Mason.”

Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center is one of only 125 specialized burn centers in the country and treats more than 90 percent of all inpatient burns in the region annually. Since 2009, the Burn Center has provided care for more than 8,200 patients recovering from flame, scald, electrical, chemical and other burn-related injuries.

Nearly 100 victims of industrial accidents are seen at the Regional Burn Center each year. In their annual economic outlook, LSU Professor Emeritus Loren Scott and LSU Public Administration Institute Professor James Richardson projected that 35,000 new jobs will be created in Louisiana in the next two years, many of which will be in the petrochemical industry. As the industry expands, Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center becomes even more important to emergency response procedures in the area.

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.

Pictured here are (front row from left) BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter; Burn Center Medical Director Dr. Tracee Short; Anna Cazes, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services; Brittany Laird, OT; (kneeling) Robin Comeaux, Burn Center Manager; Elizabeth Dogette, RN; and U.S. Representative Garret Graves. (Back row from left) Dr. Ernest Mencer, Katherine Allen, RN; Nicole Brown, RN; Liz Spreen, RN; Kassidy Traigle; Sue Dimario, PT; patient Mason Spratt; Belinda Pickette; and Katie Spratt.

(From left) Patient Mason Spratt, Burn Center Manager Robin Comeaux, and U.S. Representative Garret Graves.

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