NAACP to meet with hospital officials over ER closure
BATON ROUGE - The emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid-City is set to close next week. There is a last ditch effort to persuade hospital officials to keep its doors open.
The Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP, including its president, Dr. Ernest Johnson, will meet with the leadership at BRG Medical Center Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.
The saga began last year when the state stepped in with millions of dollars to cover a gap created by uninsured patients. That is why some blame the closing on Governor Jindal's decision not to expand Medicaid in Louisiana.
When the ER closure was announced earlier this year, it was accompanied by a flood of concerns about the health care of those living in Mid City. Some speculate longer transport times to other area emergency rooms could result in higher fatality rates.
On Monday, urgent care facilities throughout the area began expanding their hours to address some of those concerns. That includes the facility on North Foster Drive, which is now open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Officials say that was the peak time for visits at the ER.
Today the NAACP hopes to discuss "workable alternatives" with leaders at BRG Mid City.
We'll have more on the outcome of that meeting later today on WBRZ News 2.