The additional evidence means that a total of about 30 patients suffered “some physical, sexual and psychological abuse,” according to Troy Williams, chief quality officer at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, who is assisting with reform efforts at Laguna Honda.
Williams testified Wednesday before an oversight committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
He clarified that there is no evidence of sexual assault or touching, but rather photos taken of nudity. Some patients were also chemically restrained- sometimes drugged for staff convenience using narcotics brought in from outside the facility.
Approximately 25 additional patients were photographed or were visible in the background of photographs that were taken without their consent. Another 75 patients had their names disclosed in recordings, also a privacy violation.
Brent Andrew, spokesman for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital supplied the latest tally in an email, to clarify earlier numbers.
The news of more incidents of abuse comes as city public health officials attempt to institute a number of reforms at Laguna Honda, one of the country’s largest skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers.
The reforms follow revelations made public by Mayor London Breed in June that six, now former, employees allegedly abused 23 patients, including kicking one, having sexual conversations with others, taking nude photos and inappropriately drugging patients.
An investigation by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) found that deficiencies in the hospital’s medication management, workplace safety and hospital leadership were “primary contributing factors” in patient abuse.
Details of the abuse were obtained by the San Francisco Examiner through a public records request to the CDPH.
City officials have said they initially uncovered evidence of the abuse during an investigation of an unrelated staff complaint.
Williams said he is currently facilitating interviews between the San Francisco Police Department and Laguna Honda residents to assist in the department’s ongoing criminal investigation.
Williams also said his team has been in contact with all the relevant licensing and certification boards because “we don’t feel like those folks [the former employees] should ever work — ever again — in any health care setting.”