Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., announced more changes to its management structure with the regrouping of its hospitals into two divisions instead of three. One of the three division heads, Neil Sorrentino, 56, will retire, Tenet said. Sorrentino, a 29-year veteran of Tenet and its predecessor companies, has been executive vice president of operations for the company's Western division since 1999. He will remain with Tenet in a consulting role before retiring later this year. The other division heads -- Reynold Jennings, 56, and W. Randolph Smith, 54 -- have been promoted to oversee the enlarged operating divisions. Jennings is now president of the 59-hospital Eastern division, which will remain based in the Atlanta area. Smith is president of the 55-hospital Western division; he will maintain his office in Tenet's operations center in Dallas. Both men will report to Tenet President Trevor Fetter, who rejoined the company in November after Tenet was rocked by federal probes relating to Medicare reimbursement, potentially medically unnecessary procedures and the consolidation of two hospitals in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Sorrentino's division of more than 40 hospitals included 188-bed Redding (Calif.) Medical Center, at which two physicians allegedly performed medically unnecessary procedures.-- by Vince Galloro
Tenet eliminates division in hospital regrouping
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