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Students Honor Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center Patients as Heroes

Baton Rouge, La. – Middle school English, Homeroom and Religion teacher Beth Jones knew her Sacred Heart of Jesus School eighth grade class was exceptional, but when she introduced a new unit this spring, she saw even more amazing character traits emerge.

“We talked about genuine courage versus what society deems as heroic, and the students agreed that those battling health issues were the definition of true heroes,” said Jones. “I am so proud of them for choosing an avenue that offers others comfort by making capes to help the heroes at Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center feel as brave as we see them.”

Opened in 1970, the BRG Regional Burn Center is Louisiana’s only verified burn center and one of less than 100 nationwide. The Center treats pediatric and adult burns for the entire Gulf Coast region, receives referrals from hospitals across Louisiana and Mississippi, and continues to treat more than 90% of all inpatient burns in the greater Baton Rouge region each year.

Students were excited about designing and making the capes, commenting that the project made their own rough days better, helped them relate to family members with illnesses, and made them glad they could comfort people even when they couldn’t visit the hospital.

“We are honored to receive these heartfelt gifts on behalf of the patients we treat across the Gulf Coast,” Beth Barback Jarreau, BRG Regional Burn Center Social Worker, told the class. “We see so much strength in our patients, and your kindness to them means the world to us.”

Photo 1: Sacred Heart of Jesus eighth grader London Scott presents superhero capes to Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center Social Worker Beth Barback Jarreau for pediatric burn patients on behalf of Mrs. Beth Jones’ Religion class.

Photo 2: Pictured, left to right, are: (bottom row) Ashley Stevens, Abby Wall, Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center Social Worker Beth Barback Jarreau, Maggie Hurdle, Elise Encalade, Caroline Feduccia, Emily DeMeulenaere, Alex Colbert, (second row) Mikiyah Parker, Anthony Tempanaro, Tyler Toussant, Kendall Ourso, (third row) Trey Spears, Jane Singleton, Abby Ligon, Caroline Dazzio, Amelia Cave, Beau Brown, Caroline Creech, (top row) Emily Reynaud, Faith Woods, Kylon Haynes, London Scott, Ben Bookman, Ty Grenfell, Jake Strupp, Seth Harden, Kelvin Givens.

Photo 3: Sacred Heart of Jesus students London Scott, Caroline Dazzio, Abby Ligon, teacher Beth Jones, and students Amelia Cave, Maggie Hurdle and Beau Brown display handmade and designed capes with Baton Rouge General Regional Burn Center Social Worker Beth Barback Jarreau, center.

Among the BRG Regional Burn Center’s community commitment for children and adults are support groups, counseling and educational resources, including a statewide “I’m Still Me” burn camp each summer, where children who have survived the physical and emotional trauma of burn injuries have an opportunity to interact with other survivors, helping to build self-esteem and support emotional healing.

Learn more about the BRG Regional Burn Center’s resources and team of experts by visiting here or by contacting (225) 387-7717 or Burn@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/BatonRougeGeneraland follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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