- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Public concern over a lack of an emergency room near north Baton Rouge is sparking discussion about possible financial incentives to bring a hospital to the area.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1UOhqKM) East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman John Delgado is requesting a report at the March 9 council meeting to explore financial incentives to lure an emergency room to north Baton Rouge.

The closest emergency facilities have grown more distant since April, when the Baton Rouge General Medical Center emergency room treated its last patient.

The Earl K. Long Medical Center, the public hospital in north Baton Rouge, closed in 2013, and now emergency rooms within the city limits are in south Baton Rouge.

Delgado says some of the incentives he already knows of are land donations, cooperative endeavor agreements and tax abatements.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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