Don't privatize public safety - Page 2

An SF General EMT speaks out


Everyone who uses San Francisco's public health system should contact the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and ask them to make the right choice to keep our hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities safe.

Ed Kinchley is an emergency room social worker at San Francisco General Hospital.



Contrary to what is stated in your piece, the physician who was shot last September in the shooting incident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital was most assuredly not killed. He is alive and well and continues to treat patients.

Posted by Guest Gary Stephenson on Jun. 29, 2011 @ 5:41 am

"Currently, San Francisco's hospitals and health care facilities are protected by highly trained San Francisco Sheriff's deputies and institutional police officers."

Police officers, who can retire as young as 50, many with pensions exceeding $100,000 annually.

Private security guards can monitor hospital just as well, and at much cheaper rates, than donut-addled phat folicemen.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 07, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

I too was under the impression that the Doctor shot at John Hopkins was killed. Regardless I think Mr. Kinchley makes a valid point. San Francisco General Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is the hub of almost any activity going on in the city, including a boundary that exists as far south on the Peninsula as Millbrae or Pacifica. The medical facility also accepts patients from the Alameda County border of the Bay Bridge and Vista Point of Golden Gate Bridge. Not in detail is the fact of a Methadone Clinic, Child Protective Services, several locked psychiatric wards, and a Jail medical unit all housed on one campus. That being said, the Institutional Police have a long standing history of protecting life and hospital property, and any areas near the facility.

Institutional Officers have also accompanied Social & Psychiatric staff on house visits to check on patients who may be in distress. Some may be off their meds and in need of further hospitalization. Institutional Police have assisted in escorting many of these patients to the hospital without further injury to themselves, medical staff, or the officers,. It takes years of expertise to do this. A part time just passing through Private Guard does not have the training or expertise to perform these functions. It should be noted as the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for."

Posted by Guest on Jul. 23, 2011 @ 4:01 pm