Remarks from U of U Hospital Press Conference

Gordon Crabtree, CEO, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics

“Every day at this hospital, healthcare providers, regardless of their roles, are asked to sacrifice their own needs in order to put the needs of their patients first. They perform at the very highest level of integrity and professionalism.

On the early evening of July 26 of this year, this expectation was put to the ultimate test when our Burn Unit charge nurse, Alex Wubbels, stood firm to uphold hospital policy and patient privacy. She put her own safety at risk to ensure the safety and privacy of her patient. Her actions were exemplary and she handled the situation with the utmost courage and integrity.

Our hospital continues to offer our full support to Alex. I think many of you know she is an Olympian and to us she’s truly an Olympic-size hero. We extend our appreciation for her dedication and service.

As the saying goes, the buck stops here. As the CEO of this hospital, the safety and well-being of our patients and staff is something I take very seriously.

I was deeply troubled after receiving reports from my staff regarding the actions of the Salt Lake City police officer. His actions were out-of-line and there is absolutely no tolerance for that kind of behavior in our hospital.

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