Baton Rouge General Hospital

Jim Nickel is in the guest chair today while Jim Engster is away, and Nickel's brought with him three guests to help us cover politics, football and the recent advances in cancer prevention here in Baton Rouge.

Stuart Rothenberg of PBS and joins us for the first segment today to talk a little politics with Nickel. Stu and Nickel talk about the recent poll numbers and overall rating on President Obama so far in his sixth year in office, recent news concerning Louisiana politics, and more.

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva is with us for the second segment of today's show, and he and Nickel talk about the newly renovated Tiger Stadium. Food stands, restrooms, TV's and about 24,000 seats are just a few of the recent additions to Death Valley, and Alleva touts how these add-on's enhance the experience for fans on Saturday nights. They also discuss the long-time hot debate topic of whether or not college athletes should be paid; the new SEC Network; and much, much more.

Also, Dr. Gerald Miletello joins us for the last segment to close out today's show. Dr. Miletello is Hematology Oncologist at Baton Rouge General and he and Nickel discuss the recent advances of the IL-2 Cancer Treatment Program at BR General. Other than Houston, Baton Rouge is the only city in a five state area that administers the use of the IL-2 Program, and Dr. Miletello discusses the success he's had so far in battling cancer.

DHH Steps in to Save Baton Rouge General's ER

Aug 27, 2014
Baton Rouge General's mid-city emergency room at night.
Sue Lincoln

The state Department of Health and Hospitals has found funds to allow Baton Rouge General Hospital to keep its emergency room open after an imminent threat of closure.

Several local media outlets reported Wednesday morning that the hospital administration had notified staff that the ER would close Nov. 1.

DHH preempted any official closure announcement with a last-minute deal, providing the hospital $18 million in state and federal money to care for the uninsured. Hospital President Mark Slyter called the deal a “hail Mary pass”.

Baton Rouge General's mid-city emergency room at night.
Sue Lincoln

It’s been nearly a year since the state started implementing public-private partnerships for the LSU Hospital System, formerly known as Louisiana’s Charity Hospitals. The plan was pushed as a cost-saver for the state. How is it working out? Good for some and not so good for others—with patients and hospital caregivers caught in the middle.