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Clinic boss quits after patient in vegetative state gives birth

Clinic boss quits after patient in vegetative state gives birth

The Hacienda HealthCare facility in Pheonix, Ariz., is under fire after one of its patients, who has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade, gave birth on December 29.

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.

The birth at Hacienda de Los Angeles, a Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix took staff members by surprise.

The state Department of Economic Security, a social-service agency whose functions include serving disabled people, said it performed health and safety checks on all of the residents at the Hacienda facility after the birth was reported and was working with police on their investigation.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said only that the "the matter is under investigation", but declined to elaborate.

"Bill Timmons, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda HealthCare, has terminated his employment from the company effective immediately", a Tuesday statement from the facility to HuffPost reads. We had consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for our company to compel our employees to undergo DNA testing conducted through Hacienda or for Hacienda to conduct voluntary genetic testing of staffers.

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

Gov. Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

Gary Orman, the executive vice president of the company's board, said it would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".




In the wake of the reports, the Arizona Department of Health Services said new safety measures have been implemented.

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.

Majority involve fire drill and evacuation preparation or Medicaid eligibility.

One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients.

A male patient complained Hacienda HealthCare staff walked in on him while he was trying to shower with assistance in December 2017. The employee was sacked.

"There's a lot of information we do not have, but things like this don't happen without someone either knowing about it or should have known about it", Solomon said.

She gave birth on New Year's Eve sparking an investigation into who was responsible for the sexual assault.

"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.