One year after reopening its acute care facilities, Baton Rouge General Mid City has announced plans to renovate and revamp the hospital on Florida Boulevard with a new entrance, event space and a mural.
Plans for a new front entrance of the hospital include removing the fence and staff parking lot that face Florida Boulevard to open up a “park-like” area with green space and outdoor seating. The new area could host events such as BRG’s pumpkin patch, health screening drives and a holiday lights display, as well as other community-driven events, hospital officials say.
BRG is collaborating with The Walls Project to commission an 800-square-foot mural for the side of the hospital. Work on the project is set to begin soon, with an anticipated June completion.
In 2020, more than 26,000 patients were treated at BRG’s Mid City campus, a 33% increase from 2019, according to BRG. In addition to caring for patients with COVID-19, the Mid City facility provides primary care, radiation oncology, rehab and imaging services.
Also coinciding with the one-year anniversary is the launch of a new initiative from the Baton Rouge General Foundation to address health inequity and barriers to care among the hospital’s patient base at Mid City. The CARE Initiative (Community, Access, Resources, and Education) aims to tackle common issues that keep patients from receiving health care, including transportation, medical equipment and food insecurity. See the announcement.