Tenet settles Katrina lawsuit re lack emergency preparedness for $25M

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    been on my employeer's safety comittee for 10yrs..just survived planning for hurricane irene --many of our service areas flooded but receeded within 24-36hrs...can't imagine no electricity for 5 days in hospital setting. iv'e been telling homecare agency should have backup generator as power often goes out in major storm affecting communications. will be sharing this with our admin team. karen

    class-action suit filed after katrina hospital deaths settled for $25 million
    by [color=#2262cc]sheri fink, special to propublica july 21, 2011


    a new orleans judge gave [color=#2262cc]preliminary approval [1] today to a [color=#2262cc]settlement agreement [2] that would end a class-action lawsuit against one of the nation's largest publicly owned health care companies. under the terms of the deal, tenet healthcare corporation and a subsidiary will pay $25 million to patients and visitors trapped at memorial medical center after hurricane katrina.

    the settlement would release the company from any future liability for claims by the class members. the $25 million, minus legal fees, will be divided by a court-appointed administrator according to criteria that have not yet been established. the number of class members is unknown, but there were 187 patients and about 800 visitors in the hospital when the emergency took hold. tenet reported revenues of more than $9 billion in 2010....

    ...some relatives of patients who died at memorial have opted out of the class-action suit and pursued separate claims against tenet and other defendants. survivors of some patients settled a separate action against lifecare, a long-term acute care hospital that leased space at memorial; one, whose mother died several days after he personally rescued her from memorial, disclosed in a deposition receiving a payment of more than $200,000.
    the lawsuit against the hospital and its parent company, tenet healthcare corporation, alleged that they failed to prepare for and respond sufficiently to a foreseeable disaster. patients and others who took shelter at memorial were harmed, the plaintiffs claimed, because emergency plans for evacuation and backup power were inadequate....


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    The class action settlement will end up enriching the lawyers and everyone else will get a very small pittance. $25 million for a for profit corp with 9 Billion in yearly revenues is peanuts and will be of little consequence to them and their future profits. The only way to be adequately compensated is to sue them apart from the class action suit.

    Bottom line, no amount of money will make up for the loss of life, for the loss of family, for the suffering that was endured! I'm sure Tenet could have done more what with their national status and incredible revenues. They could have chosen to airlift people out and quickly, not drag their feet the way the did!
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    This lawsuit shows what is wrong with our healthcare & tort system. Lawyers & CEO's get rich and screw the employees and patients.
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    Don't work for Tenet if you can help it.
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    Quote from msgirl68
    Don't work for Tenet if you can help it.
    Easier said than done. As a new grad the only hospital in my tricounty area that hired me was a tenet owned hellhole, lol. With a three year contract to boot...no sign on btw

    But why there are more candidates than positions, you gotta take it up the...eh-hem with no ky...
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    Ouch 3 year contract?
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    Quote from NightNurse876
    Easier said than done. As a new grad the only hospital in my tricounty area that hired me was a tenet owned hellhole, lol. With a three year contract to boot...no sign on btw

    But why there are more candidates than positions, you gotta take it up the...eh-hem with no ky...
    I see you're in south florida. . . I understand your pain. I think I may work at your hospital!
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    Whats with the three year contract , I thought you worked in an at will state , so no contract of employment offered , but here you are talking of a 3 year contract . If indeed you are an at will employee it sounds like they can fire you for any reason at any time yet you cannot resign in that 3 year period ?.
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    Quote from nicurn001
    Whats with the three year contract , I thought you worked in an at will state , so no contract of employment offered , but here you are talking of a 3 year contract . If indeed you are an at will employee it sounds like they can fire you for any reason at any time yet you cannot resign in that 3 year period ?.
    NightNurse876 will have to confirm the specifics re: the contract. Basically at will means no forced union membership/closed shop and no 2 week notice required by either part to sever a working relationship. Because a person enters into this contract voluntarily it is valid in a RTW state. People, feel free to correct me on any of these points.
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    Quote from woahmelly
    NightNurse876 will have to confirm the specifics re: the contract. Basically at will means no forced union membership/closed shop and no 2 week notice required by either part to sever a working relationship. Because a person enters into this contract voluntarily it is valid in a RTW state. People, feel free to correct me on any of these points.
    I think you are mixing up two different laws ie. at will status is a seperate issue and effected by different laws , you may work in a state that is at will , but not RTW .RTW is as you say related to union closed shop and its lack of enforcement in these states .If you enter an agreement voluntarily , then it is enforcable in any state , but if litigation occurred there would be need to prove that no intimidation was used to get the " voluntary " agreement , it's not very volntary when if you don'tagre you will not get the position .
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