Baton Rouge Health District

Much of Baton Rouge’s health care infrastructure is massed along an unofficial and unorganized medical corridor—Essen, Bluebonnet, Perkins, I-10. The congested area has hospitals and clinics, housing and restaurants, shops and green spaces.

What it didn't have—until recently—was a cohesive master plan.

A team of city-parish leaders responsible for implementing FuturEBR, the city-parish’s adopted plan for comprehensive growth, asked the Foundation to underwrite and facilitate a more detailed blueprint for the health corridor. We convened health care leaders, residents and public decision maker – and hired Perkins+Will—to write a plan for the Health District.

The plan’s key recommendations:

  • Form an independent nonprofit to seek opportunities and implement the master plan. Health care leaders have taken this step by forming the Baton Rouge Health District. They are jointly funding operations and have hired the first executive director.
  • Update and retrofit the infrastructure. Build new roads, sidewalks and paths to reduce traffic and offer transportation choices, while integrating parks to promote better health. The plan includes locations for new roads, railroad underpasses, parks and greenways.