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Dec 15, 2008



Frances Townsend conducted the White House investigation on Hurricane Katrina. She authored the Lessons Learned report that omitted the hospital facility with the highest patient death toll.

Two for-profit hospital companies shared Memorial Medical Center. Tenet Health owned Memorial, while LifeCare rented a floor of the hospital for its long term acute care unit. Thirty four patients perished, 10 under Tenet and 24 in the LifeCare unit. The Carlyle Group purchased LifeCare just weeks before landfall.

A year after the report's release, Jeb Bush was appointed to the Tenet Health board of directors, earning a handsome annual sum. The Carlyle Group's political connections are renowned.

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