23 patients abused at San Francisco public hospital

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco health officials say 23 patients at a public hospital — many of them elderly people with dementia — were abused by employees.

The Department of Public Health announced Friday that the abuse took place between 2016 and this January at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. The patients ranged in age from 30 to 100 years old.

The department says six employees shared photos and videos of themselves verbally and physically abusing patients, which included having “sexualized conversations” with them.

The patients also were given non-prescription substances to sedate them.

The department says the six employees no longer work at the hospital and its chief executive, Mivic Hirose, has resigned.

Mayor London Breed, whose grandmother was treated at the facility before dying in 2016, calls the abuses “horrific.”

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