Fifth Circle of Excellence Award For North Shore 

MIAMI – Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) announced that North Shore Medical Center in Miami has been named to the company’s 2009 Circle of Excellence.  This is the fifth year that North Shore has received this prestigious award.

The Circle of Excellence honors Tenet hospitals that have achieved the highest levels of quality, service and operational performance. Key metrics used to evaluate the hospitals were patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores, clinical quality and financial performance.

"The hard work, determination and commitment of the employees at North Shore Medical Center made 2008 a great year for the hospital," said Stephen L. Newman, M.D., Tenet’s chief operating officer. "I’m proud of everything that they’ve accomplished and am thrilled to honor them with Tenet’s Circle of Excellence Award."

Manny Linares, Chief Executive Officer of North Shore Medical Center, added, "It’s because of our wonderful nurses, physicians and staff that we’ve been able to grow our hospital to meet the needs of our community. It’s their dedication to delivering high-quality care that earned us this honor, and for that, I want to thank and congratulate them."

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North Shore Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare, is a 357-bed general acute care community hospital located at 1100 NW 95 Street in Miami. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of its community for more than 53 years.

North Shore Medical Center offers a broad range of services, including 24-hour emergency care with Fast Track service, maternity, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and psychiatric services. The hospital also offers specialized centers, including the C. Gordon Griffith Comprehensive Cancer Center with IMRT and X-Knife Radiosurgery, Intensive Care Unit, Wound Healing Center, Sleep Disorders Center, and Pain Care Center.

The hospital was honored with the prestigious Tenet Circle of Excellence award for outstanding performance in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008. North Shore received the 2006 CIGNA Centers of Excellence designation for caesarean section, stroke and syncope, the 2006 American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure IPAA award, 2007 American Heart Association’s Get with The Guidelines - Bronze IPAA award for CAD and Heart Failure, and the American College of Surgeons Commission On Cancer Commendation, 2005-2008.

In 2007/2008, North Shore Medical Center also received a five-star rating of clinical excellence for maternity care from HealthGrades®. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.