130 incidents of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse have been reported at Laguna Honda Hospital.
Forensic Analysis of Employee Cell Phones Finds 130 Incidents of Patient Abuse at Laguna Honda Hospital
Last Update: 7/13/2020
A forensic analysis of the cellphones of six former Laguna Honda Hospital employees has revealed at least 130 incidents of patients being abused. This new number is a sharp increase from the 23 incidents which were previously reported by San Francisco city officials.
The newly uncovered incidents of abuse took place between 2016 and January of 2019. In both the previously reported 23 incidents and these newly reported ones, recordings show physical, sexual, and psychological abuse of patients by hospital employees.
On Wednesday, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital chief quality officer Troy Williams testified before an oversight committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
According to Williams, there is no evidence of sexual assault in these recordings, but there are photos of nude patients. Williams also said that most of these newly discovered cases involve breaches of privacy, such as photos of private health information.
City public health officials began an effort to institute reforms at Laguna Honda Hospital following the news of the first 23 incidents of abuse.
In June, Mayor London Breed made public information that six now-former employees allegedly abused 23 patients. These incidents of abuse including kicking one patient, discussing sexual topics with several others, taking nude photographs, and unnecessarily drugging patients.