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Aw, shucks. Medical center head shy about kudos

By rgordon
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007 at 6:14 pm in Uncategorized.

Sang-ick ChangDr. Sang-ick Chang, the interim CEO of the county’s hospital, the San Mateo Medical Center, admitted he was downright embarrassed when he was officially commended by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday for coming to the medical aid of a 14-year-old girl moments after she was stabbed May 19 at a San Francisco bakery.

“This is embarrassing,” Chang told the supervisors. “I really don’t deserve any special motion. I really was just shopping and walked into a horrific situation.”

“Now, if I solved the medical center’s budget’s woes…” Chang joked.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the girl and another customer at Creighton’s American Bakery on Portola Drive, near where Chang resides, were allegedly stabbed with a hunting knife by a just-released parolee. The girl, who was treated at San Francisco General Hospital and is expected to live, did not know her assailant, Scott Chris Thomas, 26, of Van Nuys. Thomas had been released from solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison the day before.

“Had it not been for Dr. Chang’s medical expertise and intervention, the girl most likely would have died,” Board of Supervisors President Rose Jacobs Gibson said.

She noted that, in the midst of so much reporting about the crime and the assailant, it was important to acknowledge Dr. Chang’s life-saving efforts.

“We already knew he was going to be very, very embarrassed by this,” Jacobs Gibson said. “But it was worth it.”

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