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December 13, 2013
LSWI3714 - December 13, 2013

Four South, STEM Status, LA Christmas Journey – Natchitoches

Four South (4:24) Despite having to work with inferior equipment and against the struggles of segregation, the first Black nurses who worked at the Baton Rouge General Hospital worked tirelessly to take care of their patients and break the color barrier. All Black nurses and patients were relegated to one unit called Four South. It operated as a hospital within a hospital for several years. This week Shauna Sanford talks with some of those nurses who paved the way for so many others. The complete statement by Baton Rouge General Hospital is below. SHARE

Online Lung Cancer Screening (12:18) Louisiana has one of the highest rates for lung cancer in the country, but an online basic screen process could fight this deadly disease. Dr. Mary Stringfellow with the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has the details. SHARE

LA Christmas Journey – Natchitoches (17:29) A quintessential small town Christmas celebration is as near as Natchitoches. Since 1927, residents have held its annual “Festival of Lights.” Over 300,000 Christmas lights welcome visitors along the banks of the Cane River amid the sounds of friendly Front Street shopkeepers and horse drawn carriages. Charlie Whinham takes us on a Louisiana Christmas Journey. SHARE

|Below is the complete statement provided on behalf of the hospital:

Baton Rouge General acknowledges the 1950’s as an undeniably difficult time period when our entire nation struggled with embracing diversity in our communities, schools, and hospitals. These circumstances reflect a regrettable past for human kind – a time that communities have worked so tirelessly to reverse.

Today, Baton Rouge General shines forth in a new era – an era where diversity is a glowing point of pride. Recognized for embracing diversity at every level of our organization, Baton Rouge General’s nurses and entire staff reflect the communities we so humbly serve.

The General’s faith-based legacy spans more than a century, and its circle of caregivers includes thousands of diverse men and women who have devoted their hearts and minds to the ideals of providing exceptional, compassionate care and healing to those suffering from illness and injury. Our hospital extends unending gratitude to these women, and all our fellow caregivers, past and present, who have selflessly dedicated careers to improving lives and strengthening our community – the mission that defines Baton Rouge General today.

Maryann Rowland
Marketing and Public Relations Specialist
Baton Rouge General Medical Center

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