Baton Rouge General’s First Hybrid Heart Surgery Demonstrates Benefits for Patients and Physicians


Baton Rouge, La. – During the first hybrid Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) at Baton Rouge General, interventional cardiologist Dr. Amit Patel and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Walter L. Bringaze, III, demonstrated the benefits for patients provided by the General’s innovative hybrid operating room. CABG is a type of heart surgery that improves blood flow to the heart and is often used to treat people who have severe coronary heart disease. For patients who are considered high risk for complete CABG, a hybrid approach allows patients to undergo the CABG procedure and stenting, a therapy used to keep the coronary arteries open, at the same time with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing hospital stay.

Compared to traditional surgery space, the hybrid OR uniquely allows for the simultaneous integration of sophisticated diagnostic technologies, precise imaging capabilities and multiple surgical therapies. Maximizing treatment options for cardiac and vascular procedures, the hybrid OR enhances patients’ experiences with time and costs savings and improved outcomes, as well as offering an enhanced surgical experience for physicians.

With the recent multi-million dollar expansion of its heart and vascular services, expanded surgical space and its growing community of vascular, cardiac, diabetes, lipid and cardiothoracic experts and specialists, Baton Rouge General brings together comprehensive heart and vascular services all under one roof. Nationally recognized for excellence in heart care as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure and Stroke in 2014 by Healthgrades and Baton Rouge’s only Joint Commission ‘Top-Performer’ Hospital for Heart Attack and Heart Failure – Baton Rouge General is committed to providing the most comprehensive, high quality heart and vascular care for the community. 

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 at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About Baton Rouge General’s Heart and Vascular Tower

Baton Rouge General and its heart and vascular tower incorporates comprehensive cardiac and vascular services and specialists and provides care for people throughout our nine-parish metropolitan community.  In 2007, Baton Rouge General dedicated its cardiology program to the late Milton J. Womack, Sr., a community leader, philanthropist and founder of Milton J. Womack, Inc. commercial contracting company. Womack suffered from heart disease, and in honor of her husband, Margaret Womack vowed to be an active part in ensuring that the Baton Rouge community have access to the highest caliber of heart care services. Baton Rouge General’s Womack Heart Center and its new heart and vascular tower offers comprehensive specialists, programs and services, and state-of-the-art technology and treatments all under one roof:

  • Full spectrum of multidisciplinary diabetes, lipid, cardiac, vascular and cardio thoracic experts and specialists
  • State-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Technology
    • Cardiovascular Ultrasound
    • Vascular Ultrasound
    • Stress Testing and Nuclear Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Catheterization Labs
  • Dedicated Heart Operating Rooms
  • Expanded Surgical Space including Hybrid Operating Suite for Minimally Invasive Interventions
  • 24 Hour Emergency Room with Specialized Training for Senior Care
  • Comprehensive Stroke Services
  • Fully Monitored Intensive Care and Telemetry Units
  • Cardiovascular Recovery Area
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
  • Limbs for Life Program
  • Screenings and Early Detection
  • Baton Rouge General Fit! Wellness Pilot
  • Prevention Programs, including Smoking Cessation Courses

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