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San Francisco nurses demonstrate at hospital renamed after Mark Zuckerberg

17 May 2018

Some nurses at the San Francisco General Hospital are petitioning to have Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's name removed from their trauma center.

The nurses staged a protest last week outside the hospital, during which they taped over Zuckerberg's name on signs. A former San Francisco supervisor, however, says he regrets backing the renaming of the hospital, but "understood that if I were to vote against it, we would lose $75 million to open the hospital up". At the time some nurses felt like the name change undercut the long, proud history of the hospital and confuses patients.

Recent scandals involving Facebook, such as data breaches involving affiliate Cambridge Analytica, have reignited the protests, reported The New York Times.

How would you feel about being a patient at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital? Registered nurse Sasha Cuttler believes the hospital's connection to Zuckerberg reinforces patient's fears about possible data breaches and chose to protest by covering the name with blue tape.

'The patients are afraid. "I know people who go to the doctor and they're afraid to tell the doctor what's going on because they don't know who is going to get that information".

Nursing assistant Mike Dingle said employees also hope to have their traditional name back which the center has been known by for well over a century.

"We don't think it makes sense for San Francisco General Hospital to be publicly associated with an organization that doesn't care about confidentiality", says another nurse.

San Francisco nurses demonstrate at hospital renamed after Mark Zuckerberg