ER opens at Baton Rouge General community hospital in Prairieville

Baton Rouge General's new ER and hospital to open in Ascension Parish Monday, Oct. 12

PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) new emergency room opened Monday in Ascension Parish. The rest of the hospital began operations in October.

WAFB got a sneak peek of the 14-bed emergency room and the hospital’s ten additional inpatient beds. The facility was designed around making it seamless for patients to get into a room without having to wait. The self-rooming concept takes away all the paperwork, and makes it easier for nurses and doctors to help patients right away.

There’s also equipment for physical therapy, as well as imaging and lab services.

“We expect that we’re able to get our patients very quickly back to our rooms. That’s our number one goal is to be able to get our patients directly back to rooms so that the care team can meet the patient in the room. So a lot of things will happen right there at the bedside, including their intake. They’ll get to meet their patient caretaker team really on arrival to the facility,” said Marsha Bond, emergency department director for BRG.

The primary care clinic officially opened its doors Monday, Oct. 12 and is located near I-10 on Highway 73 in Prairieville.

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DETAILS FROM BRG

In the ER, there is no waiting room, which comes at a time when reducing the spread of illness is more important than ever. If a patient is there for emergency care, when they stop at the main lobby’s front desk, the clinical team will be notified and will take the patient right back to a room. The streamlined process continues once they’re in an exam room, with a team of staff members treating the patient together.

The ER is fully equipped to care for a variety of conditions and emergencies, including chest pain and heart attacks, broken bones, stroke, abdominal pain, burns, seizures, dehydration, allergic reactions, and much more. Imaging services, which are located near the ER so that patients can get in very quickly, include a CT scanner, x-ray, and 3D mammogram, all using the best in new technology. The CT scanner and x-ray are both operated from a central control room, which is more efficient and allows for faster care.

On the second floor of the state-of-the-art facility, Candace Moore, MD, and Khaki Hazzlerigg, FNP-C, treat all types of women’s health needs – from pregnancy and birth control refills to GYN wellness visits and osteoporosis. The smaller neighborhood hospital means everything women might need, like lab work, 3D mammograms, and bone density scans, is just downstairs from the Baton Rouge General Physicians-Obstetrics & Gynecology office.

Also on the second floor of the hospital is BRGP-Ascension, a primary care clinic previously located in Oak Grove. To see one of the primary care physicians at the Ascension location, patients can check in using BRG’s mobile app or at an on-site kiosk, heading straight to an exam room upon arrival. The clinic staff work in a unique set up, using centralized “pods” that are more efficient, and allow for better communication and collaboration between the doctors and nurses.

Whether they have an existing BRG physician or not, patients can get their physical therapy in the new location. If recovering from an injury or issue that requires multiple visits pers week, BRG-Ascension’s convenient location makes it easy for people who live or work in Ascension Parish.

For more information, visit brgeneral.org/ascension.

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