Those capital improvements have begun. The changes at Des Peres Hospital, for example, will include upgrades to information technology systems.
Des Peres Hospital was nearly bankrupt when Tenet Healthcare Corp. acquired it in 1998. It was treating only about 2 percent of the patients visiting St. Louis area hospitals.
Since then, however, admissions at the hospital have more than tripled, helping Des Peres Hospital's share of the St. Louis medical and surgical market grow faster than any other area hospital.
The hospital's success is now being showcased throughout Tenet as the hospital system struggles to consistently boost admissions.