Nurses want Zuckerberg Hospital renamed
Former and current nurses at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on Saturday protested for the facility to be renamed after recent news about the Facebook data leak earlier this year.
Protesting nurses say some patients are reportedly fearful that their own privacy may be in jeopardy since the 147-year-old hospital is named after Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, and his wife, Priscilla Chan. The couple donated $75 million to the hospital in 2015, the New York Times reported.
A stipulation of accepting Zuckerberg’s hefty donation was that the hospital be renamed — which was approved by the city’s Board of Supervisors. Some are now questioning the decision.
“Had we known what we know now, perhaps we wouldn’t have accepted the funds from Zuckerberg,” John Avalos, a former supervisor, told the paper.
Brent Andrew, the hospital’s chief communications officer, said, “Look, it’s a double-edged sword, and I totally get the loyalty to the name as it was historically, but this is a thing that’s between the donors and the Board of Supervisors completely.”
The demonstration was led by Sasha Cuttler, a nurse who covered Zuckerberg’s name on a sign at the entrance of the hospital, the Times reported.
One nurse who works at the hospital told the paper that the Zuckerberg name “scares” patients.
Facebook is still vying to rebuild its image after reports surfaced in March that millions of users’ accounts were improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Zuckerberg has since apologized for the incident and vowed to “make sure this doesn’t happen again.”