GRANITE CITY, Ill. – Controversy is brewing at an Illinois medical office after an unusual sign went up. It said a doctor left because a woman nurse practitioner was hired, according to KTVI.
The incident unfolded at the Multicare Specialists Chiropractor's Office, where some upset patients arrived Tuesday and were greeted with the odd sign notifying them they needed to find a new doctor.
Susan Rolens said she’s seen Dr. Rodney Lupardus, a family medicine physician, for at least 20 years.
Rolens said, when she arrived on Tuesday at Multicare Specialists Chiropractor's Office, she was blown away. Her doctor no longer worked there
According to the office's website, the doctor’s office offers chiropractic medicine, pain management, physical therapy and family medicine.
Rolen said she was greeted with the sign. She believes it was inappropriate.
“I thought it was unprofessional for a business to post something like that about a beloved doctor,” she said.
The sign read: "Dr. Lupardus resigned from our office on Friday, 1/18/19. The reason he resigned is because his wife would not allow him to work here since we hired a 'female' nurse practitioner. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you."
Rolen posted the sign on social media, and it spread like wildfire, with close to 1,000 comments and 700 shares on Facebook. The note said her doctor resigned from the office because his wife would not allow him to work there since the office hired a female nurse practitioner.
When a KTVI news crew arrived on Wednesday, the sign was gone, and an office spokesperson would not say why the doctor resigned.
The office released the following statement from the nurse practitioner:
“On my first day on the job as the nurse practitioner, I went to Dr. Lupardus and said 'Can I ask you a question.’ His reply was 'He, the other doctor, is dealing with you, not me.’ I told him it was regarding his patients and was told 'The other doctor will answer any questions,' and he walked away. He did not speak to me the rest of the day.”
Some patients are still wondering where they will seek treatment.
“I told them it was unprofessional, and they asked me to leave the premises. I told them I needed my medicine refilled,” Rolen said.
According to US News, Lupardus is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. The doctor offered no comment when asked about the incident.