Sep 1, 2011 7:42 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge General Medical Center plans to invest $40 million to build a five-story medical office building and add four large operating rooms at the Bluebonnet campus.
In June, the state Bond Commission approved $30 million in low-interest, GO Zone bond financing for the 105,000-square-foot office building. The building will be connected to the campus by a skywalk.
Chief Operating Officer Edgardo Tenreiro tells The Advocate the hospital's physicians pushed for the new operating rooms, which were needed to meet the needs of patients.
Tenreiro said the hospital expects to complete the $10 million operating room expansion within the year. The medical office building is expected to be completed in 2013.