Nurses seek remedy to 'Zuckerberg' hospital name

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 16, 2018

The San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center was renamed the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center in 2015 after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, MD, gave $75 million to the facility.

The effort comes amid mounting scrutiny over the social network's handling of user data.

Some nurses now want to have the Zuckerberg name removed, saying it has sparked concern among patients, especially with the recent Facebook controversies, according to the report.

Heather Ali, who works at the hospital in nursing administration, told The Times: "We are in charge of keeping our most vulnerable people private and protected". "Now people wonder, 'How much is my privacy protected at a hospital with that name on it?'"

A photo published at tech news website Business Insider showed protesters using what appeared to be blue masking tape to cover the name "Zuckerberg" on a sign outside the hospital.

USA media quoted protesters as reasoning that the Zuckerberg name could make patients question how well the hospital will protect their privacy.

Brent Andrew, the hospital's chief communications officer, mentioned, "Look it's a double-edged sword, and I completely get the loyalty to the title because it was traditionally, however this can be a factor that's between the donors and the Board of Supervisors utterly".

At least one former supervisor regrets changing the name.

"Had we identified what we all know now, maybe we wouldn't have accepted the funds from Zuckerberg", John Avalos, the previous supervisor advised the paper.

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