DONATIONS: Hospital Giant Contributes to Conventions
Along with eleven other major corporations, Tenet Healthcare Corp., the nation's second largest hospital company, contributed large sums of money to both the Democratic convention in Los Angeles and the Republican convention in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "Our philosophy is to support major civic initiatives in our key markets," Harry Anderson, spokesperson for Tenet, said. The company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., runs 30 hospitals in the Los Angeles area and purchased eight Philadelphia hospitals in 1998. Anderson said that "the conventions are also major political events," but added that Tenet would not have participated at the same level had the conventions been held in other cities. According to the LA host committee, the corporation gave $250,000 to the Democratic convention, while its donation to the GOP convention remains undisclosed. Tenet did not contribute to either the Chicago or San Diego conventions in 1996, and the company does not have facilities in either city (Goldstein/Bergen, 4/26).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.