Police Locate Missing San Francisco General Hospital Patient
SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities have located a “medically at-risk” patient who walked out of San Francisco General Hospital following a surgery.
Valerie Gates, 34, walked out of the facility on Jan. 30 with a bandage around her neck. Hospital officials were concerned because Gates was in need of vital post-operative medication, CBS San Francisco reports.
The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, which provides security for the hospital, located Gates and returned her for treatment on Jan. 31 around 10:25 a.m.
Hospital officials are crediting newly implemented policies for finding Gates so quickly. San Francisco General Hospital put the policies in place following the death of Lynne Spalding, a patient at the facility, who was found dead in a hospital stairwell two weeks after the patient went missing.
- Body Found in Hospital Stairwell Believed to Be Missing Patient
- Orderly Reported Unconscious Woman’s Body in Calif. Hospital’s Stairwell
- Authorities: Search for Missing Hospital Patient Found in Stairwell Was Delayed
- San Francisco Hospitals Push for Private Security Forces
- How to Create a Hospital Investigation Unit
If you appreciated this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!
Leading in Turbulent Times: Effective Campus Public Safety Leadership for the 21st Century
This new webcast will discuss how campus public safety leaders can effectively incorporate Clery Act, Title IX, customer service, “helicopter” parents, emergency notification, town-gown relationships, brand management, Greek Life, student recruitment, faculty, and more into their roles and develop the necessary skills to successfully lead their departments. Register today to attend this free webcast!