Terrence J. O’Toole/Bryan Cave letter to Juli Lawrence

Dear Ms. Lawrence:

September 26, 2000

This is in response to your e-mail to me of September 12, 2000, requesting that my client, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Des Peres Hospital, furnish you with specifics concerning the defamatory report, dated August 24, 2000, published on your website “ect.org” regarding the treatment of Kathleen Garrett. Tenet’s obligation to uphold the privacy rights of its patients precludes Tenet from releasing information about the patient’s treatment absent competent authorization by the patient. In consequence of that obligation, we cannot furnish additional information about the inaccuracy of your reports.

Sincerely,

Terrence J. O’Toole
Bryan Cave LLP

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