Promise Hospital of Baton Rouge Expands to Include Complete Post-Acute Care Continuum of Services

BATON ROUGE, La. (March 1, 2017) – Today, Promise Hospital of Baton Rouge, a Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital owned by Promise Healthcare, announced an agreement with Baton Rouge General (BRG) that will allow Promise to provide acute inpatient rehabilitation care and skilled nursing services at the hospital’s Mid City campus.

“You won’t find a long-term acute care hospital, a rehabilitation unit, and a skilled nursing unit managed by one company within the same facility anywhere in the Baton Rouge area,” said Bryan Day, EVP of Promise Healthcare, Eastern Division. “This is a crucial service combination that we are proud to be able to offer our community as post-acute care continues to play a vital role in the future of healthcare.”

The agreement begins April 1, and moves the management of BRG’s skilled nursing and inpatient rehab units under Promise’s umbrella. The units will be managed by Promise’s experienced team – creating a more integrated experience for patients. Promise Hospital will continue to house its LTAC hospital on the Mid City campus and several senior leaders will move their offices to Mid City.

As one of the largest specialty post-acute care providers in the nation with 18 hospitals and two skilled nursing facilities in eight states, Promise Healthcare’s hospitals are designed to bridge the gap between a patient’s hospitalization in a traditional short-term acute care hospital and being healthy enough to return home or to a lower level of care.

“This new agreement and centralized location will provide Promise Hospital with the ability to manage a patient through the entire post-acute care continuum, and will allow our medical staff to provide quality care for a wide range of patient needs,” said Kiley Cedotal, CEO of Promise Hospital of Baton Rouge. “This model of service is designed to ease what can already be a difficult time in a patient’s life. Having all these services managed by one team on the same campus – and therefore creating a seamless transition for the patient throughout their post-acute care needs – can lessen the stress and is expected to further improve patient outcomes.”

Services offered by post-acute care providers, such as Promise Hospital, are becoming increasingly more important for patients and healthcare systems. This model provides a more integrated and better care transition for patients discharged from acute care to the most appropriate post-acute care setting. According to the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, one-fifth of the United States population will be 65 or older by 2030. Patients receiving post-acute care after a major health episode see greater improvement at a quicker rate than those who are discharged without follow-up care.

“Mid City has become a hub for post-acute patient care,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, President CEO of Baton Rouge General Medical Center. “We’ve had tremendous growth over the last few months.” Since last fall, Open Health Care Clinic – an FQHC – opened a clinic on the campus, BRG Physicians opened a new OB/GYN clinic with Dr. Alicia Taylor, Baton Rouge General Home Health – a partnership with LHC Group, – opened its office at MidCity, and the campus’s Family Health Center practice doubled in size. As of March 1, the hospital is more than 75 percent full while the Medical Office Building is more than 90 percent full – up 20 percent from last year. 

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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About Promise Healthcare

Promise Healthcare is a specialty hospital post-acute care health system. With 18 hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities and more than 5,000 staff members, Promise Healthcare facilities utilize an interdisciplinary approach in providing treatment for critically ill and medically complex patients. Promise Healthcare facilities are known for exceptional clinical quality scores that consistently outperform national benchmarks. Promise’s specialized areas of focus include: long-term acute care, pulmonary critical care, advanced wound care, skilled nursing care, surgical procedures, behavioral health, rehabilitation therapy, geriatric care and outpatient services, including wound care clinics. For more information on Promise Healthcare, visit www.promisehealthcare.com.