Baton Rouge General's Gulf Explosion Burn Patients Receive Good News for the Holidays State Senator

21-Dec-2012 Baton Rouge, La. - Baton Rouge General and its Regional Burn Center announced today that its three Burn patients, native to the Philippines, who were injured in the Gulf explosion that occurred November 16, 2012, would be discharged in time for the holidays.

"On behalf of Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center team, we are pleased to share the news of our three Burn patients who were victims of the November 16 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. We are inspired by the progress they have made in the last few weeks and all are in good condition," noted Dr. Jeffrey Littleton, Burn Surgeon and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Baton Rouge General.

Along with the good news came a special visit from District 7's State Senator David R. Heitmeier, Chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee. The Senator, a resident of Algiers, had first learned of the explosion when West Jefferson General Hospital announced it had stabilized and transferred these patients to Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center, all in critical condition. 

Today, the Senator was elated to share in the patients' and families' good news that all are ready to successfully conclude their care at Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center. He noted, "Today is a wonderful day for these brave men from the Philippines, their families and our two countries. I am inspired by their recovery and am grateful to Baton Rouge General and its Regional Burn Center team for the exceptional care they provide, day in and day out. I was proud to have seen firsthand that our Louisiana hospitals are providing a critical service regionally, as well as internationally."

With a big, warm smile on his face, Burn patient Renato Dominguez commented, "The physicians and staff at Baton Rouge General are my family. I am very grateful to each of them for their caring and kindness. Of my fellow countrymen, I was the last one recovered from the oil rig explosion, but am happy to say that I am the first one to be discharged." Mr. Dominguez' two fellow coworkers will also be discharged in time for the holidays." 

"Baton Rouge General and our Regional Burn Center team is overjoyed by our patients' return to their families in time for the holidays. It has been our privilege to care for them - and even though they will travel 10,000 miles across the globe to get back home, our hearts will remain with them and all the families and loved ones of their fellow co-workers and countrymen," commented President and CEO Bill Holman.

About Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center

Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center opened in July of 1970, providing a unique service dedicated to care and treatment of burn victims in the Gulf Coast region. It was the first designated burn facility in Louisiana, 14th in the nation, and is one of only 125 specialized burn centers in the U.S. The Burn Center provides more than 3,000 treatments for adults and children each year suffering from flame, scald, electrical, chemical and other burn-related injuries and continues to achieve the highest standards for providing exceptional inpatient and outpatient care, rehabilitation and support services. 

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 544 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.