Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti subpoenaed 73 employees at Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Memorial Medical Center, New Orleans, as part of an investigation into whether patients were euthanized in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Foti spokeswoman Kris Wartelle said the investigation is in response to reports in the media and those received directly by the attorney general's office. At deadline, Tenet officials had not responded to a request for comment. Wartelle said subpoenas were issued to "key personnel" who might have knowledge of what transpired. "We're taking (the allegations) very seriously," she said. "If it turns out nothing happened, our investigation will show that." The coroner found 45 bodies at Memorial more than a week after the hospital was shut down by flooding. Tenet officials said at the time that all living patients had been evacuated while a significant number of the dead had been patients at a long-term acute-care hospital inside Memorial that was managed by another company. -- by Cinda Becker
Hospital workers subpoenaed in probe of Katrina deaths
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