BATON ROUGE, La. - Residents in Mid City, downtown and Baton Rouge North will have an emergency room once again, officials announced Thursday.
Baton Rouge General (BRG) will re-open it’s Mid City Emergency Room starting Monday, June 15. This is largely due to the hospital restaffing and equipping the facility for treating COVID-19 patients.
“While the last few months have been challenging for everyone, they have brought us an opportunity to help our community heal and recover,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, BRG’s President and CEO. “We will continue to offer acute care and keep the ER open as long as we have the support of the State.”
Although the surge of COVID-19 patients dropping, the need for an emergency room in the area has not decreased.
“Currently, patients at BRG Mid City are admitted to the hospital only by being transferred from other facilities -- for example, a skilled nursing inpatient may have been transferred from a nursing home, or a behavioral health inpatient from a local ER. The ER will allow patients to get care at Mid City without going through another facility first,” states a press release.
The emergency room closed five years ago. Since then, the hospital transformed into a hub for post-acute services. The facility employed more than 900 people working in cancer care, rehabilitation, behavioral health, outpatient surgery, family medicine and more.
“We worked hard to keep healthcare services in Mid City, exploring many different partnerships, tenants and models of care,” said Tenreiro. “But emergency care is part of our mission and is a service we are happy to be able to offer again.”
Baton Rouge General offers emergency care at its Bluebonnet campus and will be opening another emergency room at its Ascension Neighborhood Hospital this fall.
For more information, visit brgeneral.org/midcityER.