Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, said it will focus on developing more freestanding and hospital-based outpatient services, naming Senior Vice President Stephen Corbeil to head the effort and hiring Christopher Bird away from dialysis services provider DaVita to assist him. Tenet said it needs to emphasize development of outpatient services because care continues to shift to that setting. Those services also must improve because patients who are paying more costs out of their own pockets are becoming more demanding consumers. Bird, 41, is Western division vice president for DaVita, a job he took in December 2001 after working as a healthcare consultant with, among others, Deloitte & Touche. Bird was named vice president of outpatient services and will report to Corbeil, 46, who also will continue with his duties overseeing Tenet's 18-hospital Central-Northeast-Southern States region. Tenet operates more than 40 imaging and diagnostic centers and more than 20 ambulatory surgery centers in addition to its 71 hospitals, including three that it intends to sell. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenet announces push toward outpatient care
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