- The CEO of an Arizona care home has resigned after a patient gave birth in a vegetative state.
- Hacienda Healthcare CEO Bill Timmons’ resignation was unanimously accepted by the board on Monday, the company told local news.
- The unnamed woman had been at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Phoenix for 14 years and gave birth on December 29.
- All indicators point to a sexual assault. CBS 5 news reporter Briana Whitney said Monday night: “We’ve now learned she was raped several times,” but did not elaborate.
- Arizona Police are investigating, and the center say they are cooperating with law enforcement.
The CEO of an Arizona nursing home resigned on Monday, after a patient in a vegetative state for 14 years gave birth.
The unnamed Native American woman has been a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare Skilled Nursing Facility in Phoenix since a near-drowning left her in a vegetative state, sources told CBS affiliate Arizona’s Family.
CEO Bill Timmons’ resignation was “was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors,” a statement from the center’s spokesman David Leibowitz to Arizona’s Family said.
All indicators so far point to the birth being the result of rape or sexual assault.
In a TV news segment broadcast on Monday night, CBS news reporter Briana Whitney said: “We’ve now learned she was raped several times,” but did not elaborate. INSIDER has contacted the broadcaster for clarification.
The birth took place on December 29. Arizona’s Family fist reported it on January 4. A source told them: “From what I’ve been told she [the patient] was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her.”
The source also told Arizona’s Family the 29-year-old patient had around-the-clock care, and that many people would have had access to her room.
When asked by a reporter, the source said the woman had no way to defend herself, being in a vegetative state.
“Not even able to communicate the fact that she was pregnant,” she said.
Arizona police are investigating a possible sexual assault. Phoenix Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson told Arizona’s Family: “The matter is currently under investigation.”
INSIDER has found that the same nursing facility had been previously cited by state health authorities for another complaint of inappropriate behaviour.
The report details how a nursing assistant complained that another nursing assistant walked through a bathroom while a male patient was bathing naked, “on many occasions” and that it “made him feel uncomfortable.”
In the same statement as the resignation announcement on Monday, Leibowitz said the clinic “will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organisation.”
A Hacienda Healthcare statement on Friday said: “We have recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident.”
“While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient’s health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter.”
INSIDER has contacted Hacienda Healthcare for further comment, but has not yet recieved a reply.
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