Political, health and community leaders to discuss BR's emergency room situation
BATON ROUGE - Inner-city health care is the topic of discussion on the steps of the Capitol this morning.
Political and community meetings are meeting to discuss options after the announcement that Baton Rouge General's Mid-City Emergency Room is closing.
The group and hospital officials agree that too many people are using the ER when they should be using services like Urgent Care of a primary care doctor, and it's costing tax payers.
BRG Mid-City's ER says only 8,000 of 45,000 visits were actual emergencies. The Department of Health and Hospitals invested $88 million in the ER over the least two years, but it hasn't been enough.
DHH believes the community needs more Urgent Care Services. They're looking at plans to use the ER campus to create one of those facilities and push emergency visits to Our Lady of the Lake, which is expanding its ER.
"There's definitely a need for more urgent care. We know that a lot of visits that are happening across the state could be happening at another location, "Calder Lynch from DHH told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan. "We need to focus on setting up other types of care such as primary care and urgent care to better address some of those needs."
There are differing opinions on how to address the needs of the community. The talk about possible solutions will take place on the Capitol steps at 10 a.m. Today.
DHH will be meeting with OLOL officials at the same time to talk about their ability to treat more emergency room patients.