BRG to open neighborhood hospital in Prairieville

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) -

Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced plans today for the opening of a neighborhood hospital in Prairieville, La. Plans for the 60,000 square foot facility include a 10-bed inpatient hospital, a lab, a 14-bed emergency room, as well as physician practices and office space.

"Last year, thousands of Ascension residents drove into Baton Rouge to visit Baton Rouge General," said BRG President and CEO Edgardo Tenreiro. "Our new neighborhood hospital will make it more convenient for Ascension Parish families to get the care they trust closer to home. The smaller campus will make navigating the hospital faster and easier, while the BRG name means patients will receive the same safe and high quality care they receive at our other facilities."

A relatively new concept, neighborhood hospitals are designed to be convenient and easy to access for local communities. However, like larger hospitals, BRG Ascension will be able to offer care for conditions that range from minor to life-threatening – including heart attack and stroke.

Upon completion, the hospital will provide care 24 hours a day and will be fully-equipped to offer comprehensive, convenient care for a variety of serious conditions including chest pain and heart attacks, broken bones, and burns.

Plans for the hospital began last year after the purchase of the land at Highway 73 and Interstate 10. The project is currently in the design phase, with expected for early 2018 groundbreaking and opening planned for 2019.

Ascension Parish population increasing by 13 percent since 2010, it is quickly one of the fastest growing areas and Census reports estimates predict an additional 40 percent growth by 2025.

Last year, more than 22,000 patients from Ascension Parish came to Baton Rouge General for care.

BRG's Bluebonnet campus serves as the critical care hub for General Health System's two hospital campuses and 20 clinics.

The Mid City campus has shifted its focus to post-acute care, offering behavioral health services, skilled nursing and rehab in the heart of Baton Rouge.

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