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
- Allergic reactions
- Bladder and urinary tract infections
- Blood clots
- Broken bones
- Chest pain and heart attacks
- Heat stroke (heat-related illnesses)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain control
- Rapid/Irregular heart rhythms
- Serious infections
- Shortness of breath
Additional Services at Mid City
Imaging & Radiology
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mid City Fact Sheet + Timeline
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.
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
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.