John R. Lee, CEO
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
Palmer, AK 99645-8984
Dear Mr. Lee,
You know who I am by now, but for the record, I am a journalism professor in Kentucky trying to make clear to the public that Sarah Palin almost certainly faked the birth of Trig on April 18, 2008, claiming (most of the time) that Trig was born at your hospital, the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.
You undoubtedly know whether Palin did or did not give birth there. However, as far as I can tell, your hospital has never said a word about the matter. The hospital did not list Trig as a baby born that day (unless it did so briefly on your web site, and then pulled the name, as some have suggested). And neither you nor the hospital's head of marketing, Mr. Sterling Grover, have responded to letters I have sent you, nor has anyone at the hospital responded to the numerous messages I have left using the hospital's feedback page.
In the the attached article, which I have posted at my blog, I argue that you, by refusing to comment on Palin's dubious claim of giving birth at your hospital, are tacitly complicit in a hoax that arguably violated federal law. I am going to expand that article for publication. And in that expanded article I am going to make clear that I informed you in advance of my intentions, and asked you yet again to respond to my queries. (While I am posting this first as an open letter to you at my blog, it will soon follow as a certified letter via the postal system.)
I've done a great deal of thinking, plus lots of research, on the question of what happened at the Mat-Su medical center the day of Trig's alleged birth there. I've reached the conclusion that Sarah Palin probably was not even registered as a patient.
So my first question to you is: Was Sarah Palin a patient at your hospital on April 18, 2008? If she was not, then there would be no HIPAA-related privacy issue. Your refusal to comment, if that is the case, would be truly inexcusable.
My second question is: Did Sarah Palin give birth to Trig Palin at your hospital on April 18, 2008? If she did not, then even if Sarah Palin was registered as a patient, she clearly committed a hoax, a fraud, and HIPAA restrictions do not apply in cases of fraud.
Again, if you do not respond in any way to my questions here, I will note that fact in the article I plan to publish. And that silence on your part would speak volumes about where the truth likely lies.
Please send your response to my questions to PO Box 17772, Fort Mitchell KY, 41017, or email me at brad.scharlott at gmail.com, or call me at 859-426-5309.