After sustaining heavy damage to its hospitals during Hurricane Katrina in late August, Tenet Healthcare Corp. said Monday it would spend "hundreds of millions of dollars" to create a healthcare network centered on rebuilt hospitals and new facilities.
Dallas-based Tenet's two major hospitals in New Orleans -- Memorial Medical Center and Lindy Boggs Medical Center -- have been closed indefinitely, while three suburban hospitals -- NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell, Kenner (La.) Regional Medical Center and Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna -- are gradually returning to service, the company said.
Tenet said it plans to reopen four medical offices at Memorial and two at Lindy Boggs within 90 days, which will enable doctors to resume their practices. The New Orleans Surgery and Heart Institute at Memorial will reopen within six months, the company said.
The company also said it would link its three suburban hospitals with the New Orleans hospitals to create a health network known as NOLA Regional Health Network. A chief executive for the network will be appointed later, Tenet said.