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November 12, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
The executive director of San Francisco General Hospital announced he will resign, effective June 30, after more than three years at the county facility. Phillip Sowa, 42, cited "personal and family" reasons for his departure. He said he reached the goals he set for himself when he came to the troubled hospital in 1986. Sowa said the hospital received $72 million in revenues this year, compared to about $54 million in fiscal year 1986-87.
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March 21, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Records for nearly 56,000 San Francisco patients, some with Social Security numbers, were stored in computers stolen last month from a medical billing firm in Torrance, said San Francisco's Department of Public Health on Friday. “We are working to ensure that all patients are notified and provided with resources to help them protect their privacy,” said Barbara Garcia, San Francisco's health director. Most of the San Francisco patients whose records were stolen were uninsured and visited the city's public health offices, including San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, between August 2012 and November 2013, the department said.
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January 11, 1989
A baby who doctors determined was no more than 15 minutes old was found in a shopping bag on the steps of a Polk Gulch apartment building, San Francisco police reported. Officers were called to 922 Post Street by building residents. The baby, described by Officer David Ambrose as "alive and very, very young," was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
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March 5, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of a hospital patient found dead in an emergency stairwell 17 days after she vanished from her room has filed a wrongful death claim against San Francisco, which owns and operates the medical facility. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit when a governmental body is named as a defendant, was filed by the son and daughter of Lynne Spalding, 57, who entered San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 and was found dead in a hospital emergency stairwell on Oct. 8. The claim describes a calamitous array of errors by the hospital and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which provides security for San Francisco General.
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July 20, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
SAN FRANCISCO - For years, the check-in process in the urgent care center of this city's large, downtown hospital was reminiscent of a visit to the DMV. The ailing and sick walked in, pulled a number, took a seat and waited to be called. Many grew impatient and exasperated. Now, patients at San Francisco General Hospital are greeted by a smiling face and a helping hand to guide them along the path to getting care. It's one of a series of customer-friendly touches being added at the 156-year-old institution by a newly named “chief patient experience officer.” “Saying 'number 32' versus 'Mr. Jones' is dramatically different,” said Baljeet Sangha, who holds the new position.
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April 29, 1985 | Associated Press
A 14-year-old boy was shot and wounded Sunday by police after the youth allegedly stole a city bus and tried to force pursuing officers off the freeway, authorities said. The unidentified teen-ager, who was shot in the abdomen, was in serious condition at San Francisco General Hospital. Officer Steven Glickman chased the youth and shot him when the boy made a gesture as if he were pulling a gun from his jacket.
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March 31, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mother was charged with murder Thursday for lighting a gas grill inside her car, asphyxiating her 3-year-old daughter and injuring her 4-year-old son, prosecutors said. Prosecutors also charged Linda Woo, 39, with attempted murder. She was hospitalized in the jail ward of San Francisco General Hospital. The boy was taken to UC San Francisco Medical Center and authorities said he is expected to recover. Police called the crime an apparent murder-suicide attempt.
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July 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected, as noted below.
SAN FRANCISCO - The staff at Stanford Hospital conducted a disaster drill a few weeks ago, a routine reminder for doctors and nurses on what to do if patients started pouring in. Those skills were put to the test Saturday afternoon, when the Palo Alto medical center and its children's hospital took in 55 patients from the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport. The hospital was notified about a “potential mass casualty occurrence” about noon, roughly 30 minutes after the Boeing 777 slammed into the runway, said Dr. Robert Norris, Stanford's chief of emergency medicine.
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February 3, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The San Francisco hospital where a patient disappeared last year, only to be found dead 17 days later in a exterior stairwell, should share in the blame with the sheriff's department for "systemic" failures that led to the death, according to new report. Lynne Spalding Ford, 57, disappeared from her San Francisco General Hospital room Sept. 21 and apparently exited a door to the rarely used stairwell. Spalding Ford -- a vivacious British-born mother of two -- was wearing her street clothes and still had electrocardiogram pads on her torso and intravenous access lines in her arms when she went missing.
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December 13, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A long-awaited medical examiner's report released Friday offered new details on the death of a woman who disappeared from her San Francisco General Hospital bed and was found in a nearby exterior stairwell 17 days later. But the key question of when Lynne Spalding, 57, died remains unanswered. The report lists the cause of Spalding's death in the stairwell of the sprawling public hospital as “probable electrolyte imbalance” -- or dehydration -- with “delirium” attributed to clinical sepsis, the body's often deadly response to infection.
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December 4, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A 21-year-old San Francisco man has been charged with murder after prosecutors say he botched an attempt to rob a man selling a Playstation 4 video game console. Ronnie Collins fatally shot Ikenna Uwakah, 22, of Daly City four times in broad daylight on Dec. 1, according to a statement from the San Francisco district attorney's office. Uwakah and his girlfriend posted an advertisement listing the Playstation 4 for sale on Instagram and Craigslist and the couple were meeting with Collins to complete the transaction, district attorney spokesman Alex Bastian told The Times on Wednesday.
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November 8, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Deborah Cohan, nervous about undergoing double mastectomy, did what few would be willing to do: get down to Beyonce for a flash mob dance party with her surgical team. A video of the dance party at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco -- Cohan dancing near a gurney, her surgical team suited up and gyrating around her to Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied" -- went viral on the Internet.  Cohan, recovering after being released on Wednesday, has been lauded for turning a difficult ordeal into an inspiration for others around the world.
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November 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Efforts to locate a patient found dead in a stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her room at San Francisco General Hospital were stymied by confusion over her race, inadequate searches and malfunctioning technology, a preliminary sheriff's investigation showed Wednesday. The inquiry is not yet complete. But San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, whose department is responsible for security at the 24-acre public hospital campus, held a City Hall news conference to share initial findings into what went wrong in the search for Lynne Spalding.
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October 24, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The hospital where a patient vanished and was discovered dead in a stairwell 17 days later told the San Francisco Sheriff's Department that a woman had been spotted there four days before the patient's body was found, the lawyer for the woman's family said Thursday. Haig Harris, who is representing the children of Lynne Spalding , 57, said a medical official from San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center told him Thursday that an unidentified man was on the emergency exterior stairwell shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 4, banging on a fifth-floor door to be let in. A senior hospital employee heard the noise and opened the door, which locks from the outside, Harris said.
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October 23, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- The last patient injured in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and treated at this city's trauma hospital has been released, 109 days after the Boeing 777 slammed into the runway at San Francisco International Airport. The July 6 crash occurred when the jetliner clipped a sea wall on approach to landing. The tail sheared off and 180 people were injured, about a half a dozen of them critically. Three teenage girls from China who were on their way to a Christian summer camp were killed -- one when she was run over by a firefighting vehicle while obscured by foam.
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October 10, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - - A spokesman for the family of a San Francisco woman whose body was found 17 days after she disappeared from her hospital bed said Thursday that investigators have found no evidence of foul play in her death. David Perry, the family spokesman, said a source close to the investigation told him there was no sign that Lynne Spalding , 57, had been a victim of a crime. Spalding was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 with a urinary tract infection and disappeared from her room two days later.  A hospital worker discovered her body Tuesday morning in an exterior stairwell used as a fire escape.
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