Baton Rouge General Completes Steel Structure on Patient Tower Expansion


Baton Rouge, La. – Physicians, leaders and representatives with Baton Rouge General Medical Center recently celebrated the completion of the steel beam structure for the hospital’s patient tower expansion project. Part of Baton Rouge General’s larger facility expansion project on the Bluebonnet campus, the patient tower construction project will expand an existing patient tower with the addition of two floors and 64 beds, and is on target for completion in fall 2014. The Bluebonnet campus expansion project includes construction of a new state-of-the-art medical office tower, expected to be completed in the spring of 2014, and also follows a recent surgical expansion that included the addition of a new four-room operating suite equipped with innovative hybrid heart surgery technology and minimally invasive robotics. Learn more about the exciting growth and development on both the Bluebonnet and Mid City campuses of Baton Rouge General at


Pictured left to right: Fahad Faruqi, third-year medical student, Tulane University School of Medicine Baton Rouge LEAD Academy; Terry Hill, President, Milton J. Womack, Inc.; Rick Lipscomb, Principal, Washer Hill Lipscomb Cabaniss Architecture; Anna Cazes, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer, Baton Rouge General; Dr. S. Raju Vatsavai, Internal Medicine Service Chief, Baton Rouge General; Dr. Andrew Olinde, Chief of Medical Staff, Baton Rouge General; Dionne Viator, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, Baton Rouge General; Peyton Grant, Vice President of Facilities Management, Baton Rouge General; Kendall Johnson, Chief Financial Officer, Baton Rouge General; and Layla Abushamat, third-year medical student, Tulane University School of Medicine Baton Rouge LEAD Academy.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life. 

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.