Healthcare Facility Chief Quits After Woman in Coma Gives Birth

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Coma Patient in Phoenix Health Facility Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Hacienda HealthCare, which has 40 programs that serve more than 2,500 people a year in Arizona, said in a statement Monday that the company's CEO, Bill Timmons, has resigned. "Not Hacienda, '" said a woman who worked as a manager at the firm for about a decade, reported AZFamily on January 8.

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post an investigation has been opened into the case.

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

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

After the incident, she was "horrified" about his reaction and said that "by law, we are supposed to report things like that".

The Arizona facility is investigating what it calls a "deeply disturbing incident" that a local news outlet has said involved the sexual assault of a patient who has been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years. No one knew she was pregnant and healthcare staff were initially unsure why she was moaning, the reports said. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.

It came after reports that the woman, who was left in the vegetative state after a near-drowning incident, was sexually assaulted a couple of times.

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Hacienda HealthCare said it welcomed the DNA testing of employees. The Arizona department of health services has said new safety measures have been implemented.

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.

Hacienda also announced that all male employees would have to have a female employee accompany them when visiting a female patient's room.

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to its website. 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.

Both staffers "have been counseled on privacy during showering residents", and the report added that "all direct care staff" would receive more training in light of the allegations.

The health care facility has at least 74 patient beds, according to federal records.

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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