Tenet Healthcare Corp. has settled with the families of patients who died at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans, LA following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The families filed a class action lawsuit against the corporation, claiming that the hospital was not prepared to provide patient care in an emergency.
The suit also claimed that Memorial Medical failed to implement a plan for evacuating patients, leaving several patients in the hospital for days without power or life support as the temperature of the facility rose. Since these claims had been circulated in the news, Tenet claimed that it would have been impossible to find an impartial jury in the New Orleans area.
The details of the settlement will not be disclosed until it is approved by the court.