Sierra Vista Receives Circle of Excellence Award 
 
Sierra Vista Receives Tenet Circle of Excellence Award  

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) announced today that Sierra Vista Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been named to the company’s 2010 Circle of Excellence.  

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 Sierra Vista Medical Center made 2009 a great year for the hospital,” said Stephen L. Newman, M.D., Tenet’s chief operating officer.  “The staff at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center constantly looks for ways to improve.  I’m proud of everything that they’ve accomplished and am delighted to honor them with Tenet’s Circle of Excellence Award.

Sierra Vista Chief Executive Officer Candy Markwith added, “It’s the dedication of our nurses, physicians and staff to providing high-quality care that earned Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center this honor, and I can say without a doubt that is well deserved.”

Tenet Healthcare Corporation is a health care services company whose subsidiaries and affiliates own and operate acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and diagnostic imaging centers.  Tenet's hospitals and related health care facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve.  For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.