On January 8, 2016, San Francisco Sheriff Deputies G. Edwards and V. Majano together skillfully diffused a potentially violent situation involving a subject who was being placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Their intervention was gratefully acknowledged in a memo to Sr. Deputy M. Clauzel penned by Dr. David Kastner, who wrote: “Thank you and your fellow sheriff deputies for your superb assistance with a complicated patient situation this morning. You and your deputies not only kept everyone safe in a situation where a patient was getting more and more agitated, but you also were able to calm the patient down enough to allow him to be appropriately evaluated, and ultimately assisted with his needs. The optimal care that came out of the encounter would not have been possible without your assistance.”
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH) is an essential part of San Francisco’s health care system serving some 100,000 patients each year and providing 20 percent of the city’s inpatient care. Recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals, we serve the community with a full complement of inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and psychiatric services for adults and children 24-hours a day.
SFGH is the city’s busiest emergency room and the only Level One trauma center providing life-saving care to the 1.5 million adults and children of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. We treat more than 3,900 trauma patients annually with a comprehensive range of resources on hand 24-hours a day, including trauma surgeons specializing in orthopedic, general, and neurosurgery, anesthesiologists and other specialists. In 2011, SFGH became the first acute hospital in the country to be certified for a Traumatic Brain Injury program.