Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, committed to restoring healthcare services to its two campuses in central New Orleans even as it acknowledged recovery costs likely will be in the "hundreds of millions of dollars." Tenet said it will form a regional health network around its Memorial Medical Center and Lindy Boggs Medical Center in downtown New Orleans and three hospitals in the city's suburbs. Memorial and Lindy Boggs remain closed because of damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The Louisiana attorney general's office is investigating patient deaths at Memorial and several other healthcare facilities in the wake of Katrina. At deadline, a spokesperson for the office had not returned a telephone call, and the status of the investigation was unknown. Tenet said insurance settlements may cover a significant portion of the rebuilding costs. The company said its first priority is helping physicians return to practice by reopening medical office buildings and diagnostic imaging centers as soon as possible. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet promises to reopen New Orleans hospitals
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