Baton Rouge medical facility reveals new ideas

November 16, 2015 by  

Six months after closing the emergency department at its Mid City campus, Baton Rouge General Medical System has unveiled its plans for transforming the location.

On November 11, hospital officials announced that Mid City campus will become a specialty hospital committed to rehab, as well as outpatient and mental healthcare for the elderly. Bluebonnet Boulevard campus, which currently lays claim to a large area of vacant land, also will be developed to include retail, health, fitness, and tentatively even residential spaces.

Strategic planning for the Mid City and Bluebonnet campuses began 18 months ago. For the past several months, rumors about the fate of the Mid City campus abounded, but hospital officials confirmed that the campus will remain open and indeed be redesigned.

Baton Rouge General President and CEO Mark Slyter commented:

“We are very excited about the future of Mid City.”

Mid City’s focus will shift from acute care to specialty care with post-acute care and ancillary services. The campus will double its capacity for inpatient health services by adding 19 additional beds for older patients. Even with the transformation though, Mid City will only use up to 60% of its 800,000 square feet. Hospital officials currently are considering development options to maximize space.

Development also is a concern at Bluebonnet Boulevard’s 142-acre campus, where 62 acres remain undeveloped. Hospital officials are looking to begin by developing a tract of about 10 acres.