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February 28, 2014
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February 28, 2014 - Energy’s Environmental Footprint, Pioneering Black Nurses, Smoking Cessation Trust

Energy’s Environmental Footprint (4:42) Does environmental protection and energy needs co-exist in Louisiana well? It’s this month’s topic on Louisiana Public Square. A current lawsuit contends that the actions of 97 oil and gas companies have damaged Louisiana’s wetlands and threatens flood protection. Industry leaders say its practices were legal at the time and a surge in lawsuits is driving investors away from Louisiana. SHARE

Pioneering Black Nurses (12:56) As we recognize Black History Month, Shauna Sanford takes a look back at the pioneering women who were some of the first Black nurses in Louisiana. 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.” SHARE

Smoking Cessation Trust (20:54) If you want to quit smoking but had little success, you may be in luck. A program being offered by the Smoking Cessation Trust is free to thousands of Louisiana smokers. SCT Executive Director Mike Rogers says it’s one of the state’s best kept secrets around and is getting the word out. 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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