From THCB’s NEW YORK DESK – Authorities in
Louisiana have arrested a doctor and two nurses in connection with the deaths
of scores of elderly patients at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Attorney General Charles Foti’s office said late yesterday that Dr. Ana Pou and nurses Cheri
Landry and Laura Bubo have been charged with murder in the deaths. A spokeswoman for his office says: “We’re not calling this
euthanasia. We’re not calling this mercy killings. This is second-degree murder."Industry observers have wondered for months what impact criminal charges would have on Tenet, which owns Memorial and three other hospitals in New Orleans. We now get to find out. On Tuesday, the company announced that it is selling Memorial and two other hospitals to the local Ochsner Health System. It is not clear how the charges will affect the deal.