May 23, 2024
Markey, Warren target Tenet Healthcare for more government oversight

BOSTON — State and federal legislators are looking with renewed urgency to regulate for-profit health care companies — including the corporation that operates MetroWest Medical Center — in wake of Steward Health Care’s financial crisis.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and state legislators recently hosted hearings to address concerns about for-profit health care companies and the weaknesses of current oversight systems. Government agencies had limited power to influence Dallas-based Steward — which owns nine Massachusetts hospitals — as the for-profit company faced allegations of mismanagement and refused to turn over financial documents.

Another for-profit company, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, owns MetroWest Medical Center (Framingham Union Hospital and Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick), the MetroWest Wellness Center in Framingham and Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. Tenet has had a strained relationship with Massachusetts residents, local officials and the nurses union, each of whom has cited diminished services, layoffs and safety concerns.

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“Steward is representative of a larger pattern of greedy for-profit companies bleeding the health care system dry,” Markey said during a press event prior to his subcommittee’s April 3 hearing. “In Massachusetts and across our country.”

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