Just six months after buying 153-bed Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, Marina del Rey, Calif., Tenet Healthcare Corp. announced plans to close the facility. Tenet, Santa Barbara, Calif., paid $55 million to acquire the Marina hospital and 345-bed Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Inglewood, Calif., in December from Carondelet Health System, a Roman Catholic system based in St. Louis. To meet terms imposed by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer as a condition of the sale, Tenet said it would expand its medical clinic at Los Angeles International Airport, near the Marina hospital. In order to shut down the Marina hospital within five years of the sale’s closing, under Lockyer’s terms Tenet had to operate an urgent-care clinic on the Marina site or within two miles of it, or provide transportation to lower-income residents to reach other facilities. Tenet officials announced in January that the chain would close two hospitals, but only one was named at the time, 166-bed St. Luke Medical Center, Pasadena, Calif., which shut its doors in February. The Marina hospital will close its emergency room Aug. 26.
Tenet to close newly acquired Calif. hospital
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