Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, said its general counsel is scheduled to meet Monday with Louisiana's attorney general to discuss the 45 bodies removed earlier this week from Tenet's Memorial Medical Center, New Orleans. On CNBC, Tenet Chief Executive Officer Trevor Fetter said the company had received no indication it is the target of a criminal investigation, but Tenet is cooperating fully with authorities. Fetter echoed Tenet's previous statements on the matter, emphasizing that no living patient was left behind in the evacuation of the hospital. The only person who remained at either of Tenet's two New Orleans hospitals -- Memorial and Lindy Boggs Medical Center -- was a physician who stayed at Lindy Boggs until Monday to care for pets, Fetter said. Asked if Tenet faced civil liability for patients who died during the emergency, Fetter said Louisiana law protects healthcare providers and other Good Samaritans for actions during emergencies. Suggestions that the company will face civil lawsuits are part of the litigious environment in healthcare, he said. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet, La. attorney general to meet regarding bodies
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