Facility's CEO resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

Brittany Mendoza
January 10, 2019

In a statement, tribal officials said the woman was still in a vegetative state when she gave birth.

Phoenix police investigators are testing DNA samples from men who work at a Phoenix nursing facility in response to a vegetative patient giving birth there last week, according to KPHO.

Bill Timmons's resignation was unanimously accepted by directors, the company said in a statement.

The woman said staff were told by Mr Timmons not to report the incident to the Department of Child Safety. "The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

Police are also investigating potential sexual abuse after she gave birth on December 29, The New York Times reported.

She had reportedly been in a vegetative state for 14 years, since an incident in which she nearly drowned.

He added that it was an "unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organisation".

"Hacienda stands committed to doing everything in our power to bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion", the spokesperson said.

A spokesman for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) called the recent report "deeply troubling" in a statement to The Washington Post.

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In the company's statement Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman promised a full probe into the case.

The reported birth - and the sexual assault on a vulnerable individual that must have preceded it - has cast a harsh glare on conditions at a nonprofit organization that bills itself as a leading provider of health care for Phoenix's medically fragile.

The facility provides intermediate care for patients with intellectual disabilities.

The CBS source also claimed the facility has introduced a new rule that male staff members are banned from seeing a female patient without a female staff member after the incident.

Hacienda HealthCare was founded five decades ago. But one from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients. "And we knew not to mess with that temper because people got fired", she told the news outlet, adding that some people got fired.

Meanwhile, a state lawmaker is considering legislation to protect patients living at long-term healthcare facilities from abuse.

"From what I've been told she was moaning and they didn't know what was wrong with her", an unidentified source told CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV.

"I haven't been able to sleep good at night because of what occurred here", another mother, Angela Gomez said.

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