- On Monday, a person spoke to ABC 15, claiming to be the former caregiver of a woman who gave birth at an Arizona nursing home late last month.
- The former caregiver described the patient’s condition in detail and said that she could not possibly have given consent to sexual intercourse, because she has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade.
- CBS affiliate Arizona’s Family also spoke to a former Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility manager on Tuesday, who claimed that the company’s former CEO covered up another sexually inappropriate incident.
- Former CEO Bill Timmons resigned on Monday. He did not respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
Two people claiming to be former employees of Hacienda Healthcare have spoken out to detail what the nursing home and its parent company are like after a patient’s surprise pregnancy and birth sparked a sexual assault investigation.
Phoenix, Arizona police have launched an investigation after the unnamed patient, described by Arizona’s Family as a 29-year-old Native American woman, gave birth to a baby boy on December 29. The birth was a shock since the patient has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade due to a near-drowning incident.
On Monday, a person claiming to have been one of the patient’s primary caregivers for many years sat down for an interview with ABC 15, saying there’s no way the woman could have given consent. INSIDER was not able to independently verify the person’s employment at Hacienda.
The former caregiver, who asked to remain anonymous, said the patient couldn’t walk or communicate in any way. Her life is split between her bedroom and another room where she’s taken by wheelchair to spend her days, the woman told ABC 15.
The caregiver told the outlet that the staff at the facility are pretty much the only human contact the patient has, as her family only visits once every few months.
When she heard that the woman had given birth, the caregiver said she cried because she knew that the woman could not defend herself or identify her assailant. The caregiver was also incensed at the facility’s staff, who she says should have noticed her gaining weight or missing periods.
“I can’t believe it at all. I can’t believe someone would bathe her daily for nine months, never know she wasn’t having her period, she wasn’t growing in her mid-section. That nurses weren’t keeping track of her weight, those things are just shocking to me,” the caregiver told ABC 15.
When the caregiver worked at the facility, she alleges lax security left the patients vulnerable.
“Too many entrances, too many opportunities. I myself have come in a back way many times with no one noticing me,” the caregiver said.
Multiple reports emerge of other inappropriate incidents at the facility
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, a woman claiming to have worked in a management position at Hacienda for more than a decade spoke to CBS affiliate Arizona’s Family, and claimed the company’s recently resigned president covered up another sexually inappropriate incident in 1998.
The woman, who also asked to remain anonymous, says she was shocked when she learned of the pregnancy last week.
“My heart stopped when I heard the news from my daughter. I was just horrified. I was going, ‘No! Not Hacienda,'” the woman told reporter Briana Whitney.
But during her time working at Hacienda, she says she witnessed one particularly troubling incident.
In 1998, the woman says she was pulled into a closed-door managers’ meeting with then-CEO Bill Timmons. In the meeting, she says she was briefed on an incident that happened, in which female nurses had gathered around a non-verbal male patient’s bed and made inappropriate comments about his genitalia.
“The poor guy was just laying (sic) there. He couldn’t say anything. He couldn’t communicate, he couldn’t defend himself,” she recalled to CBS 5. “We were talking about reporting it to CPS (now known as Department of Child Safety) and Bill Timmons slammed his fist on the table and said, ‘No! No one is going to report this.'”
The woman says the incident was never reported to the proper authorities, and she was left “horrified.”
He resigned on Monday, in response to the scandal.
After Timmons resigned, Hacienda released the following statement:
“As an organisation, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter. We are already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible. Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company’s leaders and the communities we serve.”
INSIDER also uncovered state records of two other disturbing reports at the facility.
In one case, the Arizona Department of Health Services cited the company in 2017 for an incident in which a certified nursing assistant walked in on a male patient while he was showering. And in another case Arizona DHS investigated in 2013, a staffer was fired for making inappropriate sexual comments about multiple patients.
Hacienda and Timmons didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s requests for comment on Tuesday.
- Read more about Hacienda Healthcare:
- Police are investigating a sexual assault after a woman who has been in a vegetative state for over a decade gave birth
- The Arizona nursing facility where a woman gave birth in a vegetative state after presumably being raped had previously been cited for another complaint of inappropriate behaviour
- At the Arizona nursing home where a woman gave birth in a vegetative state, an employee was fired in 2013 for making ‘inappropriate, sexual’ comments to patients
- Investigators are reportedly looking into whether the woman who gave birth in a vegetative state was assaulted multiple times and may have to get warrants for staffers’ DNA
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