SF General Hospital Gets Security Recommendations From UCSF After Lynne Spalding Death

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— UCSF is recommending several changes following an independent review of the security program at San Francisco General Hospital.

The review was prompted by the  case of Lynne Spalding, an SF General patient whose body was found in a stairwell two weeks after disappearing from her hospital bed last year.

Mayor Ed Lee asked UCSF for the review to make sure all steps are being taken to keep patients safe, while state and federal regulators investigated.

San Francisco Health Director Barbara Garcia said the report makes several recommendations to improve SF General’s existing security program, including staff enhancements like hiring a dedicated full-time security program manager that would oversee security at all health department buildings.

“One of the major requests is that we look at developing technology that would help us improve our security systems by integrating them at all of the campuses,” she said.

In addition, Garcia said more sheriff’s cadets will aid sheriff’s deputies at all 40 health department buildings.

The total cost of the changes is expected to be about $1 million a year.

Garcia said many other recommendations made by federal and state regulators have already been implemented.

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