Corporate Compliance

Subpoenas issued to healthcare workers in the wake of Katrina

Compliance Monitor, November 2, 2005

Seventy-three employees of Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans have been subpoenaed in connection with 34 deaths at the hospital during Hurricane Katrina, according the Associated Press (AP).

Investigators are looking into reports of neglect and mercy killings at the Tenet Healthcare-owned hospital.

Tenet has said that that up to 11 patients at the hospital may have died before Katrina, but that corpses could not be removed because of the storm.

Six hospitals and 13 nursing homes in Louisiana are currently under investigation for similar Katrina-related charges, the AP reported.

Meanwhile, Tenet Healthcare Corp. is reporting losses amounting to $408 million following Hurricane Katrina and legal charges, according to the AP.

The losses have occurred in the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, and amount to 87 cents per share.

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