Update: Mercy Says OB/GYN's Facebook Comments 'Inappropriate'
Mercy says Dr. Amy Dunbar's reported comments on the social media site about a patient were "inappropriate and not in line with our values."
People love to vent on Facebook, but a Des Peres-based Mercy OB/GYN is under fire following comments she's made about a patient who was late for appointments.
"So I have a patient who has either chosen to no-show or be late (sometimes hours) for all of her prenatal visits, ultrasounds, and NSTs. She is now 3 hours late for her induction," Amy Dunbar posted January 28. "May I show up late to her delivery?" she wrote.
Dunbar's post suggests that the reason why she hadn't cancelled the appointment was because the mother had a previous stillbirth.
People have been posting on Mercy's Moms To Be Facebook page calling for disciplinary action, concerned that enough information had been disclosed in the posts to violate patient privacy.
KMOV reports that Mercy officials are reviewing the comments. In a statement Monday, a system spokeswoman said "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."
The statement added that the incident would be used to reinforce standards about the "appropirate use of social media."
Patch is also in touch with Dr. Dunbar's office for comment and will update that as it becomes available.