- The Phoenix, Arizona care facility where a patient gave birth last month, despite having been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, has been hit with a new assault allegation, according to Fox 10.
- A source told the outlet that a patient at Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility recently told a social worker that two staff members had struck her in the face and arms multiple times in the past few months.
- Phoenix police confirmed to Fox 10 that they are investigating the allegation.
Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility, the Phoenix, Arizona care facility at the center of a rape investigation, has reportedly been hit with a new assault allegation.
A source told Fox 10 that a patient at the facility recently told a social worker that two staff members struck her in the face and arms multiple times in the past few months. The social worker in turn went to police.
An official with the City of Phoenix confirmed to Fox 10 that police are investigating the new allegation. The source told Fox 10 that the patient isn’t injured.
INSIDER reached out to Hacienda Healthcare for comment on the new allegation on Friday, and they issued a statement saying that the patient showed no signs of injury and “has a history of attention-seeking behaviour.”
Here’s their full statement:
“Yesterday afternoon during a survey of Hacienda’s ICF-ID unit by federal and state auditors, one patient – a woman who suffers from a serious intellectual disability – made an allegation of abuse against two female staffers, a registered nurse and a certified caregiver.
“The patient, who has a history of attention-seeking behaviour, claimed she had been yelled at by the staff members and struck in the head and arm.
“As we always do when such claims are made, Hacienda acted immediately and proactively. Leadership immediately called police, state regulatory agencies and the patient’s legal guardian. The staffers – both of whom denied the allegations and both of whom have spotless records – were put on administrative leave within minutes.
“The patient was immediately given a full and thorough medical examination. She displayed no signs of injury or abuse whatsoever.
“Regardless, our internal investigation will continue. We will also cooperate fully with law-enforcement and the agencies involved.”
Meanwhile, the family of the 29-year-old woman who gave birth at the facility late last month issued a statement on Wednesday through their lawyer, responding to the news that attorney Rick Romley had been hired to conduct an investigation into the patient’s suspected assault.
The statement reads: “My clients trust that Mr. Romley’s investigation will be as promised fully transparent and made available to them as the victims of this appalling tragedy. My clients also hope Mr. Romley’s investigation will result in the changes at Hacienda necessary to prevent further abuse and neglect of its patients.”
“Lastly, my clients were disappointed to see that in its press release Hacienda’s leadership chose not to express any remorse or apology for Hacienda’s inexcusable failure to protect and safeguard their vulnerable daughter,” the statement adds.
The statement was released just hours after state lawmakers issued an order for the facility to hire an outside manager to oversee day-to-day operations at the Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility.
If a third-party manager is not hired by January 23, the facility risks losing its state contract, according to Fox 10.
INSIDER also asked Hacienda to weigh in on the family’s statement, but they did not issue a response to that.
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- Police are investigating a sexual assault after a woman who has been in a vegetative state for over a decade gave birth
- Former caregiver of the nursing home patient who gave birth while in a vegetative state says she never could have given consent, and an ex-manager claims the company covered up another sexually inappropriate incident
- 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
- 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
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