Tenet Healthcare Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., completed its senior management team by naming eastern division chief Reynold Jennings as its chief operating officer. Jennings, 57, will oversee Tenet's core group of 69 hospitals in 13 states, following a restructuring announced Jan. 28 involving the sale of 27 hospitals and other steps to restore profitability. W. Randolph Smith, who most recently served as president of the company's western division, will lead the divestiture, Tenet said. Former COO Thomas Mackey retired in November 2002 as the company was drawing scrutiny for its Medicare billing and pricing practices. Tenet spokesman Harry Anderson said the COO job was left vacant until after Trevor Fetter was named president and chief executive officer in September 2003 and had a chance to evaluate candidates. Jennings, who has 32 years of hospital operations experience, said he would deploy teams of experts to improve financial performance, including turning around under-performing hospitals and organizing "national and regional approaches" to managed-care negotiations. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Tenet names COO to complete senior management
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