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Firefighter Association Donates to Baton Rouge General’s Regional Burn Center Expansion

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Baton Rouge, La. - The Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana (PFFALA) recently donated $10,000 to the coming 50,000 square foot expansion of Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) verified Regional Burn Center. The expansion will include a burn intensive care unit (ICU) for trauma patients, specialized operating suites for critical burn patients, and state-of-the-art technology.

“PFFALA understands how important it is for burn patients to receive specialized treatment as fast as possible,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, President and CEO of Baton Rouge General. “Working together, we can continue to deliver swift and effective burn care to patients who need us.”

The PFFALA has represented career professional firefighters throughout Louisiana since 1940, beginning its first fundraiser in October 2012. Since 2013, PFFALA has donated $29,000 to the Baton Rouge General Burn Center.

The expansion of BRG’s Regional Burn Center is part of the hospital’s Critical Care Tower expansion, which will add a total of 60,000 square feet to its Bluebonnet campus. BRG has the only verified burn center between Florida and Texas, and is one of only 70 in the U.S. held to specific standards by the American Burn Association through its verified status. Established in 1970, BRG’s Regional Burn Center plays an integral role in supporting other Gulf Coast states when the need arises.

BRG Staff members

Pictured left to right are: Edgardo Tenreiro, BRG President and CEO; Gwen Hamilton, BRG Foundation Board Chair; Chad Major, President of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana; and Joseph Juban, GHS/BRG Board Chair.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. 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, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.