Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Health care facility’s CEO resigns after patient in vegetative state gives birth

Health care facility’s CEO resigns after patient in vegetative state gives birth

"From what I've been told, she was moaning", a source told Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO.

Hacienda HealthCare was honored by the Arizona House of Representatives for its service to the long-term care industry. Her identity hasn't been reported, and it's not known if she has family or a guardian.

On Dec. 29, with help from one of the facility's nurses, the patient gave birth to a healthy baby boy, KPHO reported.

A Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Tommy Thompson, said the "the matter is under investigation".

"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", David Leibowitz, spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare, said in a statement to the Washington Post. "Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company's leaders and the communities we serve".

At the time, Hacienda Healthcare officials say it cannot comment specifically on the investigation, nor can it comment on the patient in this case, but the provider says it is conducting its own internal investigation, and cooperating with the police investigation.

The news has been described as "deeply troubling" by a representative for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Heightened patient safety measures were put in place. Then, it was called Hacienda de los Angeles, or "the dwelling of the angels".

On its website, Hacienda HealthCare says it provides care for "medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities".

But there have been reports of patient mistreatment.

He declined to say whether its staff were being asked to undergo DNA testing to identify a possible suspect, or whether the facility was taking any preventative measures to protect patients against a similar situation. The worker also watched clients in the facility touch themselves. The outlet attributed its report to a single unnamed source who reportedly had been told about the incident. In 2013, a male employee was found to have made sexually explicit remarks to patients, though no physical or sexual abuse allegations were made and the employee was sacked.

That staff member was ultimately terminated, but the state found that the facility "failed to ensure clients. were treated with dignity".

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