Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Baton Rouge General-Mid City's emergency room closure cut a source of losses, but the hospital still faces challenges as officials work toward a new business model.

No flashing lights, sirens or other defining characteristics of its namesake appeared at Baton Rouge General's Mid City Emergency Room during its final hour of operation on Tuesday morning.

At 7 a.m., the emergency room offically closed to the public. Despite the high-profile closure, the end of the ER was a quiet one from the outside.

Six minutes before the emergency room ended its operations, a quiet EMS ambulence sans flashing lights or sirens drove up to the hospital's parking lot and continued farther into the hospital's campus.

In the early hours of the morning, a light stream of cars passed dropped off and picked up patients and employees at the hospital's main entrance. The blue sign in front of the hospital -- stripped of the title "Emergency Room" -- now showed a blank gap between the Baton Rouge General logo and an arrow directing visitors toward hospital parking.

A few people stood in the hosptal's entryway, chatting with each other and watching the sun rise as the clock ticked closer to the final minutes of Emergency Room operation.

Security patrolled the hospital's exterior and parking lot throughout the morning.