Turns out that the New Orleans hospital, Memorial Medical Center, is operated by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation, whose officials, reports The New York Times, have confirmed finding "45 bodies at the hospital two weeks after the storm." Only they were so decomposed, says the Associated Press in a separate story, that "the deaths could only be listed as 'Katrina-related.'" Tenet officials also insist that 10 of the 45 died before the storm. And what else does Tenet have to say for itself? This, says The Times:
"A statement from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation called the accusations that the three might have administered pain medication to hasten the deaths of certain patients 'disturbing.'"
Jesus, ya think? And could the timing be worse? Today--today--Tenet issued a press release announcing it's selling three hospitals to Ochsner Health System of New Orleans. The names of the hospitals are the Kenner Regional Medical Center in Kenner, Meadowcrest Hospital in Gretna and...yeah, you guessed it, Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. --Robert Wilonsky