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Friday, March 28, 2014

UCSF Recommends New Security Features for San Francisco General Hospital Following Patient's Death

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Lynne Spalding
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Still reeling from the death of Lynne Spalding, the 57 year-old mother of two who vanished from her hospital room in September and was found dead in a stairwell weeks later, San Francisco General Hospital now has a list of security features it can implement to preempt any more fiascos.

Today, Mayor Ed Lee presented the results of a comprehensive review by UCSF Medical Center, conducted over the six months following Spalding's death.

The inspectors recommend that SF General hire a security program manager, install new surveillance cameras around its acute care building, and improve its communication lines with the Sheriff's Department, among other things. They also touted various improvements the hospital has already made.

As of now, hospital staff have no idea how much the new security infrastructure will cost, or who will pay, according to spokeswoman Rachael Kagan. But given all the repercussions of Spalding's death -- for which nurses, doctors, city officials, and even the sheriff's deputies were all chastened -- cost might not be an obstacle.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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