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BRG’s Skilled Nursing Facility at Mid City Named “Best Nursing Home”

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Baton Rouge General’s skilled nursing facility, located on the hospital’s Mid City campus, was named a 2019 “Best Nursing Home” by U.S. News & World Report for its high-performing rating in short-term rehabilitation.

One of just eight facilities statewide to earn the highest marks, BRG was evaluated on the quality of post-acute care for patients recovering from a hospital stay, often after a stroke, heart attack, infection or accidental injury.

“The skilled nursing facility at our Mid City campus has achieved exceptional outcomes for patients, which means they are regaining function and returning home in the shortest time possible,” said Monica Nijoka, MHA, BSN, RN, BRG’s Chief Nursing Officer. “I am very proud of this achievement and for the staff to be recognized for the outstanding care they provide to patients with a wide variety of rehabilitation needs like strokes, heart attacks and fractured hips. This nursing unit has consistently received accolades, and we see it as one of the community’s best kept secrets.”

Seventy-two percent of BRG’s skilled nursing patients were discharged home, far above both the state (35%) and national (49%) average. This category is measured as a way to assess successful rehabilitation.

BRG’s skilled nursing facility also holds a five-star rating through Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare. For the past five years, the hospital has earned national recognition as a “Seniors Friendly” facility through NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) for its ongoing commitment to excellence in caring for seniors, including skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, behavioral health services, and wound care and hyperbarics.

U.S. News short-term rehabilitation ratings define each eligible nursing home as high performing, average, or below average in the care provided for people in need of skilled nursing or rehabilitation services. The data used to evaluate these facilities come from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) and include metrics of nurse staffing, patient outcomes, facility complaints and rehabilitation therapy.

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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 an affiliate 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.