Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas, said that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been added to its board of directors, giving the board 10 members. Bush, 54, served two terms as governor of Florida and also has worked in banking and real estate. Bush, a Republican, is the second retired politician to join Tenets board. Former Sen. Robert Kerrey (D-Neb.) has been a director since 2001. All 10 members of the board will be up for election for an additional one-year term at Tenets annual shareholders meeting on May 10 in Dallas.
Tenet owns 11 hospitals in the South Florida area that Bush calls home. After Tenets leases on two Dallas hospitals expire later this year, Florida will be Tenets second-largest state behind California in terms of hospitals operated; Florida is already second behind California for Tenet in terms of beds operated. Tenet owns or operates 64 hospitals, including five held for sale and the two Dallas facilities whose leases expire in August. -- by Vince Galloro