BR General Hospital announces Mid-City ER will close within 60 days

BR General Hospital announces Mid-City ER will close within 60 days - 6 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The president of Baton Rouge General Hospital said the hospital will close its Mid-City emergency room within 60 days.

"Our financial losses related to caring for the uninsured in our Mid City ER have skyrocketed," Mark Slyter stated in an email to staff members.

He added the hospital is currently losing $2 million per month.

"Sadly, we have no other choice but to move forward with plans to close the Mid City campus ER in the next 60 days," Slyter explained.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced it is collaborating with officials from BRG, Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital on a new model of health care for Mid-City that includes expanding the urgent care clinic on North Foster Drive and creating a temporary clinic elsewhere to support the needs of the community after the emergency room closes.

The hospital first announced it would close the Mid-City emergency room last August.

However, within hours, Louisiana officials stepped in to provide the hospital with $18 million in federal and state funds to keep the emergency room temporarily open.

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