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CITING “PRIVACY” LAWS
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 27, 2011) — The Post & Email reported earlier today that we sent an email and left a voice message for Ms. Martha Smith, Chief Operating Officer, or her surrogate, at the Public Relations Department of Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu, HI.
Evidently the email was routed to a hospital spokesman.
The following is our email to the hospital:
From: Sharon Rondeau
Sent: Wed 4/27/11 4:16 PM
Hello, I left you a voice message a bit earlier today. I am editor of an online newspaper and would like to know if the hospital can now make a statement confirming that Barack Hussein Obama was born at Kapiolani Medical Center on August 4, 1961. Up until now, the public is aware that you have not been able or willing to confirm that.
Thank you very much.
The Post & Email, Inc.
Here is the hospital’s response:
This is in response to your email request to Martha Smith. Below is our official statement:
Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children cannot respond to media or other inquiries about President Barack Obama’s medical records or other related documentation. As a health care provider, we are prohibited by Federal privacy laws from providing confidential information without the patient’s specific authorization. Official certificates of birth are issued by the State Department of Health and not Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children.
Interviews will not be granted with hospital officials. Thank you.
Shawn E. Nakamoto, APR
Director of Communications
Hawai‘i Pacific Health
55 Merchant Street, 25th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813
Hawai`i Pacific Health is the state’s largest health care provider. Our mission is to deliver the highest quality health care and service to the people of Hawai`i and the Pacific Region through our network of nonprofit hospitals and clinics: Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Clinic & Hospital, and Wilcox Health
The Post & Email had not asked for documentation, but rather, just confirmation that Obama was in fact born there. We sent the following email in response to Mr. Nakamoto’s reply to us:
Thank you very much. I wouldn’t think the matter would be private now. Obama has openly stated that he was born at your facility.
However, the Kenyan Parliament says he was born in Kenya.
I am not convinced the document is authentic. If it is not, I do not blame you for hesitating to say anything.
Thank you again.
The Post & Email, Inc.