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Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Receive Prestigious Tenet Circle of Excellence Award

PHILADELPHIA, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) announced today that both of its Philadelphia hospitals, Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, have been selected to the company's 2008 Circle of Excellence.

The Circle of Excellence honors those Tenet hospitals that have performed at the highest levels in the past year in the areas of quality, service and operation performance. Key factors involved in the process include patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores, clinical quality scores and financial performance.

"The hard work and dedication of the employees at Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children made 2007 a great year for both of the hospitals," said Stephen Newman, M.D., Tenet's chief operating officer. "I'm proud of all that they accomplished and am thrilled to honor them with Tenet's Circle of Excellence Award."

Dr. Newman also praised the hospital executive teams, led by Chief Executive Officer Mike Halter at Hahnemann and Chief Executive Officer Bernadette Mangan at St. Christopher's, for their hard work and leadership in the past year. "Health care is a business that requires dedication, passion and strong leadership skills to achieve positive results. The executive teams, employees and vitally important medical staff at Hahnemann and St. Christopher's performed incredibly well in 2007, and I congratulate them on their successes."

At Hahnemann, Halter, Chief Operating Officer James Burke, Chief Financial Officer Brian Reilly and Chief Nursing Officer Stephanie Connors helped lead the hospital to achieve the highest overall score of all Tenet hospitals on balanced scorecard metrics, which measure quality, patient, employee and physician satisfaction.

At St. Christopher's, Mangan, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Snyder, Chief Financial Officer Gil Cottle and Chief Nursing Officer Karen Blount helped lead the hospital to high balanced scorecard metrics for quality and high scores for patient satisfaction. The hospital ranked among the top five Tenet hospitals on these metrics.

Hahnemann University Hospital is a 540-bed academic medical center at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. The hospital is a tertiary care institution that specializes in cardiac services, heart failure and transplantation, OB/GYN, orthopedics, medical, surgical and radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, renal dialysis and kidney/pancreas/liver transplantation. Hahnemann has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's top fifty hospitals for heart care and is also recognized by the American Heart Association as a leader in coronary artery disease and heart failure treatments. The hospital performed one of the city's first kidney transplants in 1963 and one of the first bone marrow transplants in 1976. Hahnemann became Philadelphia's first Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults in 1986, and since then has been served by MidAtlantic MedEvac, an aeromedical transport program for critically ill patients. Hahnemann is proud to be the first hospital in Philadelphia to join with The Wellness Community of Philadelphia to offer onsite support and education services to cancer patients and their families. Hahnemann is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. An affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital is part of Tenet Pennsylvania, which also includes St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. To learn more about Hahnemann, visit

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is a 170-bed pediatric hospital located at 3601 A Street in Philadelphia, PA that has an academic affiliation with Drexel University College of Medicine and the Temple University School of Medicine. The hospital provides a wide range of pediatric medical and surgical specialties. With a medical staff of more than 270 pediatric specialists, St. Christopher's is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and provides programs such as kidney transplantation, cancer treatment, burn and wound care, minimally invasive surgery, and open heart surgery for the children of the greater Philadelphia area and from around the world. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation's Hospitals in the Philadelphia market. To learn more about St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, visit

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals and related ancillary health care businesses, which include ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic imaging centers. Tenet is committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities we serve. Tenet can be found on the World Wide Web at

Some of the statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on our current expectations and could be affected by numerous factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2007, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and periodic reports on Form 8-K. Do not rely on any forward-looking statement, as we cannot predict or control many of the factors that ultimately may affect our ability to achieve the results estimated. We make no promise to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.

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