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Baton Rouge General Foundation Establishes COVID-19 Operations Fund

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BATON ROUGE, La. – The Baton Rouge General Foundation has established a COVID-19 Operations Fund in response to questions on how to best support the front line. The fund will go toward the most immediate need as determined by hospital leaders who are on the ground every day.

“Right now, the hospital and our team’s needs are ever-changing and will continue to evolve,” said Erik Showalter, president of the Baton Rouge General Foundation. “The COVID-19 Operations Fund allows the hospital to address the most immediate needs as they arise, and money donated will be put to work directly supporting patients and providers.”

Support from the COVID-19 Operations Fund could allow for the purchase of supplies and equipment, and the expansion of COVID-19 treatment spaces, as well as support for patients and essential staff. So far, contributions have ranged from N95 masks and gloves to comforting meals for front line staff.

“While we are safe at home with our families, our healthcare providers continue to put themselves at risk by coming to work each day, battling on the front lines,” Showalter said. “They need our support more than ever, as they continue their tireless commitment to our patients.”

nurse and doctors group photo

Some of BRG’s frontline staff, taking care of our patients day and night. Top: COVID ICU. Bottom: Emergency Room. More photos here.

To make a donation, please visit or text BRG to 22525 and designate your gift to COVID-19. For questions, please call (225) 763-4372.

About the Baton Rouge General Foundation
The Baton Rouge General Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support programs, education, services and research for Baton Rouge General. The hospital's mission is to preserve and restore health, one person at a time. Foundation donors directly impact and improve healthcare provided to the Greater Baton Rouge community by supporting the enhancement of key service areas, establishing new programs and purchasing of new equipment or technology. For more information, visit

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.