Mid City Emergency Room – Now Open

While Baton Rouge General has continued to provide post-acute services at Mid City since 2015, we have been looking for a sustainable way to re-open the Mid City ER since the day it closed. When COVID-19 hit our local community, Baton Rouge General answered the call by re-opening hospital beds at Mid City with plans to open the ER as part of an agreement with GOHSEP. Patients can walk-in or call 911 to be transported by ambulance.

  • Emergency Care Available
  • Abdominal pain
  • Altered mental status
  • Arthritis
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bladder and urinary tract infections
  • Blood clots
  • Bronchitis
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Chest pain and heart attacks
  • COVID-19
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes
  • Fever/Flu
  • Heat stroke (heat-related illnesses)
  • Lacerations
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain control
  • Pneumonia
  • Rapid/Irregular heart rhythms
  • Seizures
  • Serious infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stroke

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Palliative Care
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Improving Outcomes

Access to care is the number one priority outlined in the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment. From providing education about knowing where and when to go, to offering additional access points, opening the ER will improve access to care. Adding a major access point may help close the gap on some of the health disparities that impact residents of Mid City and North Baton Rouge. Mid City is centrally located in and around seven zip codes in Baton Rouge that are in high areas of need. By opening the Mid City ER, we are providing a front door to better health with high-quality doctors and nurses and more resources for local residents.

Economic Impact

As one of the largest employers in Mid City with more than 900 employees, Baton Rouge General is a healthcare staple in the local community. While we currently have a significant impact on the state and local economies, opening the ER will have additional impact with new job opportunities and more local spending.

  • Hiring an additional 50 employees with a total payroll of nearly $3 million
  • Nearly $1 million for EBR public schools
  • Additional $1,275,187 in local tax revenues over 10 years and $2,532,177 over 20 years
  • $897,783 annually in additional household spending in the parish
  • $262,380 in grocery spending
  • $165,544 in restaurant/bar spending

FAQs

What can the ER treat?

The Mid City ER will be able to treat patients experiencing all types of emergencies, though severe trauma patients and patients who need specialty care may be transferred to full-service hospitals after they're stabilized.

How big is the ER at Mid City?

The Mid City ER is 23,000 square feet and will have 33 beds.

What is BRG doing to protect patients from COVID exposure?

At all of our clinics and in our hospitals, we have implemented processes to keep our patients safe. All patients arriving at the ER are screened before entering. If the patient has symptoms of COVID-19, we ask them to wait in a dedicated negative pressure area to limit the risk of transmitting the virus to other patients. Patients with non-respiratory symptoms wait in the traditional ER waiting room, which has been updated to allow for social distancing between patients.

Is Mid City a COVID-only hospital?

No. Baton Rouge General Mid City offers many services including outpatient surgery, cancer care, primary care, inpatient hospice, rehabilitation and behavioral health services. Over the last few months, the biggest need in the community was providing care for COVID-19 patients who we treated across all of our facilities. While we have seen the number of COVID-19 patients decline at both of our hospitals and in our urgent care and primary care clinics, we have implemented new safety measures to keep our patients safe.

Why did BRG close the Mid City ER 5 years ago?

After Earl K. Long closed in 2013, the idea was that uninsured patients would visit the State’s partner for charity care. But because of our location in Mid City, we were the closest option. Not being the state partner meant we weren’t reimbursed for caring for uninsured patients. At the time of the closure, 36% of our patients in the ER were uninsured and we were losing $2 million a month.

But a lot has changed over five years. Medicaid expanded and less than 8% of people in Louisiana are now uninsured. In addition, other healthcare access points have opened including additional urgent cares and freestanding ERs which provide patients with more choices.

How does this impact what BRG is doing in Ascension parish?

This complements our strategy in Ascension, offering people emergency care near their homes. People don’t want to have to travel far when they need emergency care, and if it’s too far way, people often either delay care or wait until their health deteriorates to get help.