The California attorney general's office said it is expecting a report today from Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., on Tenet's compliance with an agreement that allowed it to buy two Roman Catholic hospitals in the Los Angeles area last December. Local community groups and a nurses union asked the attorney general to review Tenet's plan to close one of the hospitals, 153-bed Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, Marina del Rey. The attorney general required Tenet to consult with the community before taking such a step, and Tenet failed to do so, said Maura Kealey, healthcare coordinator with the Los Angeles office of the Service Employees International Union. The union and the community groups believe that the area needs the hospital, especially its emergency room, because of cuts at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Kealey said. A Tenet spokesman was not available at deadline. -- by Vince Galloro
Calif. asks about Tenet's plans to close hospital
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