Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

CEO of disgraced Arizona care facility resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

CEO of disgraced Arizona care facility resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

On December 29, a patient at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility for the developmentally disabled gave birth to a baby boy, reports CBS. In addition, officials said they have consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for the company to compel its employees to undergo DNA testing through Hacienda, or for the company to conduct voluntary genetic testing of staffers.

"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", the company said.

"I want to assure our patients, their loved ones, our community partners, the agencies we do business with, Governor Ducey and the residents of Arizona, we will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible", Orman said.

"On behalf of the tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members", tribal chairman Terry Rambler said.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security says in an emailed statement that it had sent a team to check on the health and safety of every person in the facility since the pregnancy and birth were reported and that it was working with Phoenix police on their investigation.

Longtime CEO Bill Timmons resigned on Monday, a move backed by firm's board of directors, and the state's Department of Health Services said it would mandate the facility to operate under stronger guidelines for the time being.

Sources claimed a near-drowning incident at least decade ago had left the victim in the condition. And in another case Arizona DHS investigated in 2013, a staffer was sacked for making inappropriate sexual comments about multiple patients. She recently gave birth to a child while still in a coma. Then one day, hospital workers noticed one day that there was something wrong with her.

Staff at Hacienda HealthCare were not even aware of the fact that the woman was pregnant "until she was pretty much-giving birth", a source told KPHO.

Michaels also said the baby boy was born into a loving family, and will be well cared for.

Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care. The facility has up to 74 patient beds, according to federal records, while state records show that some patients have lived at the Hacienda facility for decades.

Protocol at the clinic has been changed, the source said, and men now have to be accompanied by a woman on entering the room of a female patient.

Advocates for the disabled say Arizona needs to find a way to monitor allegations of sexual abuse and sexual violence in group settings.

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

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