The peer-review committee at a Tenet Healthcare Corp. hospital suspended the privileges of a physician who has drawn the interest of congressional investigators, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara, Calif., company said. The committee at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana (Calif.) suspended Israel Chambi from practicing at the hospital until he meets certain conditions, said David Langness, a spokesman for Tenet's California operations. The conditions have not been made public. The Senate Finance Committee requested documents about Chambi from Tenet in a letter earlier this month. The letter primarily seeks documents related to Tenet's Redding (Calif.) Medical Center. Tenet did not have a say in the decision to suspend Chambi and knows little about it, since privacy regulations preclude the committee from divulging more information, Langness said. Michael Zuk, a Los Angeles attorney representing Chambi, declined to comment. Tenet has owned the hospital since it bought OrNda HealthCorp in 1997, Langness said. Tenet owns or operates 112 hospitals. -- by Vince Galloro
Peer committee suspends doctor at Tenet hospital
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