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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit Concludes In San Francisco


  • U.S. Secret Service  
  • Department of Homeland Security  
  • State of California  
  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed  
  • San Francisco Department of Health   
  • San Francisco Police & Fire Departments  


The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit concluded on Nov. 17 after President Biden led a week of meetings and galas. There were 21 heads of economy in attendance, including President Xi Jinping of China.   

  San Francisco’s hospitals have been intimately engaged in countywide planning for potential mass casualty incident events and mitigation of impacts to patients and those needing care. They have been engaged in this planning with partners such as the U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, the State of California, and San Francisco representatives from the mayor’s office, Department of Health, police, and fire agencies.   

  Although each day featured large protests and other actions, the event ultimately had little direct impact on hospitals. One notable exception was when protesters shut down the Bay Bridge for several hours on Nov. 16, resulting in some delays related to the transport of transplant organs to the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.  

Takeaway/Next Steps

Hospitals in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area rose to the occasion and coordinated effectively in preparation for the APEC summit. Communication and coordination systems designed during COVID-19 to connect hospitals with the San Francisco Department of Public Health were effectively utilized.