Tenet appoints former US Army surgeon general to its board, announces 2 retirements

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare selected Nadja West, MD, to serve on its board of directors, effective Oct. 8, and announced the retirements of two longtime directors.

Dr. West is a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army and its 44th surgeon general. She is the former commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command. She is retiring from the Army before taking on the board position.

Previously, Dr. West was the joint staff surgeon at the Pentagon, where she was the chief medical advisor to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

She has received several military awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters.

Dr. West is trained in family medicine and dermatology.

Additionally, two directors, Edward A. Kangas and Brenda J. Gaines, are retiring from the board, effective Nov. 7.

"These retirements are part of the board's long-term refreshment efforts underway since 2017," said Ron Rittenmeyer, executive chairman and CEO of Tenet in a statement. "As a result of these changes, 70 percent of Tenet's directors will have joined the board within two years."

Editor's note: The article was updated to include the word "US Army" in the headline, list two other awards Dr. West received and to attribute the quote to Mr. Rittenmeyer on Aug. 21 at 9:56 a.m.

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