A pedestrian who died from the injuries she suffered when she was hit by a vehicle outside UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland on Wednesday was a nurse who had worked for the hospital for 36 years, hospital officials said Monday.
The Alameda County coroner's bureau confirmed that the woman who died after being hit near the hospital, which is located at 747 52nd St. in Oakland, at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday was 66-year-old Patricia Alvarez of El Sobrante. She was taken off life support Sunday night.
Nancy Shibata, the hospital's chief nursing officer, said in a statement, "Our entire hospital community is grieving the tragic loss of nurse Patricia Alvarez."
Shibata said, "'Patty,' as she was known to friends and co-workers, was a registered nurse in our emergency department and our pediatric unit at Summit Medical Center."
On Monday night, grief was palpable at the hospital — outside which a driver going the wrong way ended a woman's life — as Alvarez's former coworkers remembered her kindness and her smile.
"She was the utmost professional nurse," said Stacey Hanover, the hospital's director of emergency and trauma services. "She was what we call a 'nurse's nurse'. It's a tragic loss for us all."
Meanwhile, the Alvarez family told NBC Bay Area that they are focused on Alvarez's life not her death. They spoke also of her love for her dog Ozzie, for the children she cared for at the hospital, and for her own two daughters, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren — the youngest born just a few hours before the fatal crash.
The driver of the car has been arrested for driving under the influence and may face additional charges.
Oakland police didn't respond to a request for information about the collision that claimed Alvarez's life.