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Tenet Hospital Services Rank Among America's Best.

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Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Specialty Programs Listed Among Nation's Best by

U.S.News & World Report

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced that U.S.News & World Report magazine's 2002 edition of "America's Best Hospitals" again places specialty services at Tenet's Saint Louis University Hospital among the nation's top 50 and ranks St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia one of the country's top 25 children's hospitals.

Saint Louis University Hospital is a 356-bed quaternary facility in St. Louis and serves as the principal teaching hospital for Saint Louis University School of Medicine. SLU Hospital was recognized among the nation's top 50 hospitals for providing health care services in seven categories: geriatrics, respiratory, heart, digestive disorders, hormonal diseases, kidney disease and ear, eye, nose and throat. The hospital was ranked in the top 10 for geriatrics. To be ranked, a hospital had to meet at least one of three standards: it had to be a member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, be affiliated with a medical school or provide at least nine out of 17 prescribed technological services.

Earlier this year Saint Louis University also was recognized by Modern Maturity magazine as one of the top 50 hospitals in the United States and one of the top 10 renal care hospitals.

St. Christopher's is a 186-bed pediatric specialty hospital in Philadelphia that is affiliated with the Drexel University College of Medicine. During the last 125 years, St. Christopher's has become a tertiary and quaternary pediatrics referral center for children from the Delaware Valley and around the world. To be ranked as a top pediatric medical facility, a hospital had to be named by at least three percent of the certified specialists in pediatrics who answered U.S. News surveys in the past three years.

"This recognition reflects Tenet's commitment to provide quality care to the communities we serve," said Jeffrey C. Barbakow, Tenet's chairman and chief executive officer. "These results are a tribute to the dedication and passion of the medical faculty and employees at Saint Louis University Hospital and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in constantly striving to improve clinical care and remain at the forefront of health care technology."

Tenet acquired both hospitals in 1998. They are two of six primary teaching hospitals for major schools of medicine that are owned and operated by Tenet. The four others are USC University Hospital in Los Angeles, a teaching hospital for the University of Southern California; Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Neb., the teaching hospital for Creighton University; and Hahnemann University Hospital and Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, also teaching facilities for the Drexel University College of Medicine.

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children is part of the seven-hospital Tenet Pennsylvania network that also includes Elkins Park Hospital, Graduate Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, Parkview Hospital and Warminster Hospital. Saint Louis University Hospital is part of the five-hospital Tenet Saint Louis network that also includes Des Peres Hospital, Forest Park Hospital, SouthPointe Hospital and St. Alexius Hospital.

Through its subsidiaries, Tenet Healthcare Corporation owns and operates 115 acute care hospitals with 28,512 beds and numerous related health care services. Tenet is the largest, single operator of teaching hospitals affiliated with major schools of medicine. Its hospitals and subsidiaries employ approximately 113,750 people serving communities in 17 states. Tenet's name reflects its core business philosophy: the importance of shared values among partners -- including employees, physicians, insurers and communities -- in providing a full spectrum of health care. Tenet can be found on the World Wide Web at www.tenethealth.com.

Certain statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. They are based on management's current expectations and could be affected by numerous factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Certain of those risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. 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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