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More Federal Medical Help Headed to Baton Rouge General

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BATON ROUGE, La. – An 11-person tactical critical care team has joined the 33 public health officers already at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus to further assist with influx of COVID patients in the area. The team deployed from the National Disaster Medicine System (NDMS) and includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and patient care assistants.

“Our staff is our most valuable resource, and we have been pushed to the limit with the most recent surge of COVID-19 patients requiring critical care,” said Dr. Venkat Banda, medical director at BRG Mid City. “Having additional boots on the ground means our team can care for more patients in Baton Rouge, and we are grateful for their help.”

NDMS is a partnership of the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Defense, and Veterans Affairs. When major disasters overwhelm state, local, tribal and territorial resources, NDMS can help fill in the gaps, supplementing health and medical systems and response capabilities. Teams have recently deployed to areas in need across the U.S., from California and New Mexico to Lake Charles and Georgia. They also assisted in evacuating people from cruise ships early in the pandemic.

The critical care team joins the U.S. Public Health Service officers who arrived in Baton Rouge two weeks ago. The Public Health officers are part of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, which falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These public health professionals provide care during public health threats like outbreaks and pandemics. So far in the novel coronavirus pandemic, 4,000 Public Health Service officers have deployed in a host of locations and settings, including the CDC, Japan, the nursing home epicenter in Washington, New York, the Navajo Nation, prisons and testing sites.

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.