Philippine Ambassador visits Baton Rouge General Burn Unit


Baton Rouge, La.- His Excellency Jose Cuisia, Jr., Ambassador to the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Deputy Consulate to His Excellency, Orontes Castro, visited Baton Rouge General on Monday, November 19 to "monitor the progress of the four patients injured in the Gulf explosion" that occurred last Friday.

Ambassador Cuisia expressed gratitude to the medical team at Baton Rouge General for taking care of his countrymen. He thanked the doctors, nurses and other members of the hospital staff for their assistance and special care and attention. He expressed appreciation on behalf of the Philippine Government to the United States Coast Guard for helping evacuate the injured and for spearheading the search and rescue efforts. He also thanked Black Elk Energy, along with Grand Isle Shipyard, for continuing the search efforts and ensuring the needs of those affected are taken care of.

Bill Holman, President and CEO, also thanked the community and offered messages of support and compassion to our patients and their loved ones and families affected by the tragedy on behalf of Mayor Kip Holden, Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D., Drs. Flip Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, Ernest Mencer, Medical Director of the Burn Center, Jeffrey Littleton, Burn Surgeon and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Evelyn Hayes, Vice Chairman of Baton General's Board of Trustees, Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer and current Baton Rouge General Board Member, and Anna Cazes, Chief Nursing Officer.

Due to federal laws protecting private health information, and with the highest standards for moral, ethical and legal standards, Baton Rouge General did not release any detailed information.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Press and Information Officer to Ambassador Cuisia via phone (646) 961-7416.

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.

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.