ER reopening is very special for State Representative


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Baton Rouge General Mid City will reopen it’s emergency room Monday for the first time in five years.

The announcement Thursday morning is very special for State Representative C. Denise Marcelle.

“This hospital saved my life,” said Marcelle.

Marcelle said she was stabbed and left for dead 17 years ago, just blocks from the hospital. She represented the area on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council when the ER closed five years ago.

Marcelle added, “It left a void of ER care. It left a void in our city. Particularly, not only Mid City, but for those who live in North Baton Rouge.”

The emergency room will have 33 beds. Non-COVID-19 patients will be separated from COVID patients.”

There is a sign on some room doors to let ER staff know when they are treating a COVID patient. There are also separate waiting rooms for patients with COVID-19 symptoms. Until the ER reopens, the only other nearby option for emergency care is Our Lady of the Lake North which is a 12 minute drive away.

“Access to emergency and acute health care in Mid City, convenient to downtown, North Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge is one of the solutions to finding ways of closing the gaps and disparaties we’re seeing in access to health care,” said Tre Nelson with Baton Rouge General.

Baton Rouge General Mid City has been busy during the pandemic. It was the first community COVID-19 testing site in East Baton Rouge Parish and acute care units were opened for a surge of COVID patients from other hospitals in the region. Reopening the emergency room is providing the next level of care.

“The ER opening at Mid City is about someone living,” said Marcelle.

The emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City will reopen Monday at 7:00 a.m.

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