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Circle of Excellence 
Saturday, 01 May 2004 

Plaza Hospital in Houston, Texas, led by Chief Executive Officer Lex Guinn and his administrative team, has been selected to the company’s 2004 Circle of Excellence.

Tenet’s annual Circle of Excellence award recognizes the winning hospitals’ accomplishments in a number of different areas and is intended to honor the teamwork, collaboration and cooperation that are required to operate a successful hospital.  Hospitals are evaluated based on such factors as high ratings for patient satisfaction, consistency of the hospital leadership team, proven success at overcoming difficult challenges, and financial performance.

“Through the hard work and dedication of its leadership and staff, Park Plaza Hospital has become a role model for other Tenet hospitals and an essential part of the health care community in the area it serves,” said Reynold Jennings, Tenet’s chief operating officer.  “Under Lex’s leadership, Park Plaza strives to provide preeminent medical care for its patients, as well as excellent working conditions to attract and retain the best employees.  Park Plaza Hospital is thoroughly deserving of Tenet’s highest award.”

Guinn, Chief Operating Officer Ed Banos, Chief Financial Officer Charles Handley and Chief Nursing Officer Terry Kirk are committed to enhancing quality of patient care at their hospital.  Their leadership, dedication and hard work helped earn Park Plaza a place on Solucient’s  first ever list of Top 100 Performance Improvement Leaders in March 2004. Solucient provides health care statistics and information to help deliver quality care.  The company also publishes a yearly Top Hospitals list.

Tenet’s divisional and regional executives nominate candidates for the Circle of Excellence from the hospitals they supervise. Winners are selected based on both objective criteria, such as patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores, and subjective evaluations. 

Park Plaza Hospital, part of Tenet Texas, is a 446-bed acute care facility located at 1313 Hermann Drive in Houston, Texas.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Houston area for nearly 30 years.  Park Plaza hospital provides a broad spectrum of medical and surgical services, including treatment of diabetes, cancer and other diseases, as well as orthopedics, cardiology and maternity care.  The hospital’s skilled nursing services, rehabilitation programs, outpatient services and outreach programs promote a continuum of care for patients and their families.  Park Plaza Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Park Plaza Hospital, visit www.parkplazahospital.com.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals and related health care services.  Tenet’s hospitals aim to provide the best possible care to every patient who comes through their doors, with a clear focus on quality and service.  Tenet can be found on the World Wide Web at www.tenethealth.com.

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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 fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2003, 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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