BRG: New mental illness unit opens at the Mid City campus


Baton Rouge General Medical Center

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – Patients who are fighting mental illness and COVID-19 now have a specialized unit to go to thanks to Baton Rouge General.

The unit is made up of 32 beds and is set up to keep patients safe.

Working on the frontlines of this pandemic, Baton Rouge General recognized a need and is uniquely qualified to provide the care needed for these patients with a complex medical situation.” said Dr. Venugopal Vatsavayi. “We know this is a stressful time for all our patients and their families, and we want to assure them that their loved one is safe and in great hands.”

In order to inhabit one of those beds, a patient must meet this criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test
  • COVID-19 symptoms must be considered stable

BRG states that “patients already in the hospital receiving care for COVID-19 who begin to exhibit psychiatric symptoms may be admitted, but medically complex patients may need to first be treated on an acute medical unit until stable enough to be transferred.”

The Baton Rouge General Mid City campus is located at 3600 Florida Blvd.

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