Tenet Healthcare Corp. said it still plans to close 153-bed Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital, Marina del Rey, Calif., next month, after a judge denied California Attorney General Bill Lockyer's request for a temporary restraining order that would have halted the move. In a news release, Lockyer said he sought court action because Tenet, Santa Barbara, Calif., had failed to live up to conditions it accepted when buying Marina and 345-bed Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, Inglewood, Calif., in December 2001 for $55 million. Tenet had planned all along to keep the hospital open until Aug. 26, Tenet spokesman Harry Anderson said. Many of the emergency-room physicians plan to leave next week, however, so it is possible the emergency room will close for safety reasons, unless Tenet can find doctors from its other local hospitals to cover any shortage, he said. The judge set a hearing for Aug. 13 in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Lockyer's motion to block the closure. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet still to close hospital despite state protest
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