Together Baton Rouge addresses ER closing at BR General

Together Baton Rouge addresses ER closing at BR General - 6 p.m.
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The civic organization Together Baton Rouge held a luncheon Tuesday to share with its members information about the future of healthcare after the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Hospital Mid-City closes.

Members have asked that faith leaders meet them at Our Lady of the Lake at noon on Thursday, March 19, to ask that needs for quality medical care be addressed. A press conference is also being planned for that time.

Leaders of the group have said it is important for everyone to find necessary healthcare, something they have agreed to continue pushing for.

Part of the presentation by Broderick Bagert, centered around a rehash of issues that have been brought up before.

For example, the issue of Our Lady of the Lake having a cooperative agreement, under which they are reimbursed for 100% of uninsured patients. Bagert said that agreement was something the Baton Rouge General at Mid-City was not extended, yet many of the uninsured use that emergency room for treatment.

Those with the organization say they have also been involved with discussions with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

"We will continue to ask all the parties, the General, the Lake and this state, to come up with a plan to continue or provide for, specifically, emergency care in the Mid-City area," said Bagert.

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