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Baton Rouge General Opens New Multi-Purpose Electrophysiology Lab

Innovative equipment available for heart, brain and other surgeries

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General has opened a new lab on its Bluebonnet campus where a wide variety of procedures can be performed, including those to help patients with abnormal heart rhythms.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Electrophysiology studies help doctors understand why patients’ hearts are beating too fast or too slowly, and help providers decide whether patients need medicine, a pacemaker, a defibrillator, cardiac ablation or procedure.

For the last several years, Baton Rouge General’s heart program has been bringing comprehensive cardiac and vascular services together under one roof, and the new lab will allow many different procedures to be performed in one area, furthering BRG’s all-inclusive cardiac and vascular efforts. Procedures that can be performed in the multi-purpose space range from atrial fibrillation ablations and atrial flutter ablations to vascular interventional procedures.

In addition, Electrophysiologist Dr. Robert Drennan has joined the Cardiovascular Institute of the South to lead the program. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Tulane and LSU, Dr. Drennan is trained in both cardiology and electrophysiology. Before he and his family moved to Baton Rouge, Dr. Drennan was at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans.

“Taking action against heart disease is significant to us, and we are proud to provide patients with the most innovative lab and technology of its kind in the area,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Baton Rouge General. “Having this state-of-the-art area where other procedures can also be performed makes this technology even better.”

Nationally recognized for excellence in heart and vascular care as Baton Rouge's only Joint Commission "Top-Performer" Hospital for Heart Attack and Heart Failure, Baton Rouge General's expert teams offer revolutionary treatment, technology and services. The hospital was also recently named one of the top hospitals in the country for patient safety and is the only hospital in Baton Rouge to receive a Hospital Safety Score of ‘A’ five years in a row.

For more information about Baton Rouge General's Cardiology Program, please call (225) 819-1161 or email heart@brgeneral.org.

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.


BRG’s new state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Lab that will provide advanced individual technologies linked with proven integration tools to further BRG's all-inclusive cardiac and vascular efforts. Procedures ranging from a-fib ablations and atrial flutter ablations to peripheral vascular interventional procedures can be performed in the multi-purpose space.

Pictured at BRG’s new Electrophysiology Lab opening are: Amit Patel, MD, Cardiovascular Institute of the South; Lance LaMotte, MD, FACC, Baton Rouge Cardiology Center; Kenny Cole, MD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Baton Rouge General; Stephen Mumford, Vice President, Clinical Service Lines, Baton Rouge General; Robert Drennan, MD, Cardiovascular Institute of the South; Ben Schuler, RN, Baton Rouge General.

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