Close-Up: Harris Koenig of Alvarado Hospital

SAN DIEGO — Although the road to recovery takes time, CEO Harris Koenig believes every day Alvarado Hospital makes progress. Since January 2007, Koenig, current owners Pejman and Pedram Salimpour, and their management team have tried to distance the 311-bed medical center in East County from the costly aftermath of a scandal that erupted in 2005 under Tenet HealthSystem, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. Federal prosecutors claimed that over the course of a decade, physicians received more than $10 million in illegal kickbacks disguised as “relocation payments” from Tenet, Alvarado and its former CEO Barry Weinbaum for referring patients to the hospital.
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