DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) today announced that Audrey Andrews, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, will retire from the Company at the end of the year. With this change, Tom Arnst, who currently oversees Human Resources for all three Company divisions as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, will add the responsibility and reporting of the Tenet Enterprise legal department as General Counsel. Arnst’s background as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Tenet’s Conifer Health Solutions subsidiary, coupled with his many years of experience in this role across other companies, provides a unique opportunity for Tenet as part of the Company’s ongoing transformation.
Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman and CEO, said, “Audrey and I have been discussing her plans over the last year, and while I am sorry to see her retire, I respect and support her decision and greatly appreciate her commitment to the company to provide an excellent approach to the transition of this key role. Audrey has been a dedicated leader, a collaborative partner and a trusted advisor during her more than two decades of service at the Company. Through periods of significant change for Tenet and the healthcare industry, she has provided sound judgment and thoughtful, expert counsel, always serving with respect and acting as a mentor to rising talent throughout the organization. She will always be a Tenet alumna of the highest integrity, and we wish her the best on this next chapter.”
Before becoming General Counsel in 2013, Andrews served as Tenet’s Chief Compliance Officer overseeing the Company’s ethics and compliance program. Andrews also previously served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Tenet’s regulatory affairs. In that position, she led the law department’s regulatory group in handling Medicare reimbursement, quality of care and other regulatory issues. She joined the Company in 1998 as Hospital Operations Counsel.
As Andrews will retire on Dec. 31, 2021, she and Arnst will work together to ensure a seamless transition. Both will report directly to Rittenmeyer, with Arnst responsible for the ongoing functions, people and business of the legal department and Andrews overseeing specific matters and other items of which she has deep knowledge. Andrews will retain her title of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, addressing these important issues for the Company.
In addition to his role leading the legal department of Conifer Health Solutions which he assumed in 2018, Arnst was named Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Tenet earlier this year, and will now be the Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Tenet. Arnst is also the Chief Risk Officer for Tenet.
Rittenmeyer added, “Tom has more than 30 years of experience working in Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel roles across healthcare, regulatory and compliance, outsourcing and financial services, among other industries. His work as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Conifer Health and now expanding this role to the overall Tenet Enterprise will ensure a smooth and effective transition, and we look forward to drawing on his expertise with this expansion of responsibilities. These changes demonstrate our efforts to thoughtfully build a strong internal bench of talent within the Tenet enterprise, allowing us to further develop our leaders and promote from within.”
Previous positions held by Arnst include Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Conifer Health; Chief Administrative Officer of Millennium Health; Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Expert Global Solutions; and many executive roles at companies including Safety-Kleen, AmeriServe, RailTex and Ryder. Arnst obtained a BA in Finance from Florida Atlantic University and a JD and LLM from the University of Miami.
About Tenet Healthcare
Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) is a diversified healthcare services company headquartered in Dallas with 110,000 employees. Through an expansive care network that includes United Surgical Partners International, we operate 65 hospitals and approximately 550 other healthcare facilities, including surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care and imaging centers and other care sites and clinics. We also operate Conifer Health Solutions, which provides revenue cycle management and value-based care services to hospitals, health systems, physician practices, employers and other clients. Across the Tenet enterprise, we are united by our mission to deliver quality, compassionate care in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.