Sat Oct 19, 2013
By Sue Currin, RN, MSN
CEO, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Today the San Francisco Chronicle reported disturbing new information about Lynne Spalding Ford’s tragic death. We feel terrible for Lynne Spalding Ford’s family and friends, as this part of the unfolding story must be incredibly painful. We also know that our hospital staff is very distressed and concerned about Lynne’s death and is committed to finding out exactly what happened so that it will never happen again.
At this time we must adhere to the process of cooperating with the ongoing police and sheriff investigations into the incident. Those are the key sources of answers about what happened, which we all want to learn. We must allow those investigations to be completed without interference.
Security on our campus is of utmost importance. We already have taken several steps to improve the security of our fire stairwells and can assure our patients, staff and the public that they are safer now than they have ever been.
San Francisco General Hospital treats more than 100,000 patients and their families each year. We want our patients to have full confidence that in addition to excellent health care services, we will also provide for their safety and security when they are on our campus. We are doing everything that we can to assure that going forward.
Updates will continue to be posted here and on the SFGH Media Hotline, 415-206-3376, as information develops.