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'Today Show' Talks Up Case Of Frustrated OB/GYN Who Vented On Facebook

The situation involving a Mercy doctor has gained worldwide attention.

The case of Dr. Amy Dunbar, an OB/GYN for Mercy who took to Facebook to voice her frustration with a patient who was late for appointments, is still gaining international attention almost two weeks after she posted comments about an expecting mother.

The story was picked up by the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom and was also the subject of banter for NBC's Today Show Thursday morning.

News anchor Natalie Morales suggested that the Facebook rant, which wondered aloud if Dunbar should show up late for delivery after the patient was 3 hours late for induction, was private and not intended for public view.

"Who is showing up 3 hours late to give birth," she said.

Al Roker said the doctor's comments were tongue-in-cheek, while Jenna Bush-Hager, the former first daughter who is now an NBC News contributor, and who is pregnant herself, said she'd show up 20 minutes early for her next appointment.

Angry comments on Facebook have called for Dunbar, who has an office in Des Peres, to lose her job, Mercy released the following statement: "While our privacy compliance staff has confirmed that this physician’s comments did not represent a breach of privacy laws, they were inappropriate and not in line with our values of respect and dignity."

Jim W February 07, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I must be missing something. The doctor grumbles about "a patient" ( no names given) who is consistently late and this is a privacy violation or inappropriate? How dare this doctor voice her complaint. Doesn't she know that is not politically correct. She is not entitiled to have an opinion.
Scott Simon February 07, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Yep, it is a privacy violation. A name does not have to be given. If readers can independently learn who the subject his, the doctor violated HIPAA.
flyoverland February 08, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Just wondering how they would learn this from FaceBook?
Scott Simon February 08, 2013 at 05:42 PM
flyoverland, all it would take is for people on that FB page to investigate on their own. And the patient who is the subject of this might just see it and say, "Hey wait a minute - she's talking about me." The last Creve Coeur mayoral election is a reminder how attempted blind communication and identification can be uncovered. A little sleuth work and moxie and we all learned about Maryland Heights resident Donna Dill misrepresenting herself as a Creve Coeur resident in a personal attack against Laura Bryant: . http://www.crevecoeurvoter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=368:poli-tricks&catid=12:archive&Itemid=16

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