Top Executive with Hacienda HealthCare Resigns

Top Executive with Hacienda HealthCare Resigns

Top Executive with Hacienda HealthCare Resigns

Phoenix police investigators are testing DNA samples from men who work at a Phoenix nursing facility in response to a vegetative patient giving birth there last week, according to KPHO.

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case.

"The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare", said John Micheaels, who represents the family of the woman, according to the New York Times.

He says the family is aware of the intense public interest in the case but is not prepared emotionally to speak about it.

They said the baby was born into a loving family and he would be cared for.

"Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday and it was unanimously accepted by the facility's board of directors.

"I know Chief Jeri Williams and the Phoenix PD officers will do all they can to find the perpetrator", he said.

The birth - and the sexual assault of a vulnerable individual that must have preceded it - has cast a harsh glare on conditions at a non-profit organization that bills itself as a leading provider of health care for Phoenix's medically fragile.

The station said it's learned that she was raped several times.

A female patient living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility reportedly gave birth December 29 although the staff was unaware the woman was pregnant. "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation." read the statement.

A person who said they are a former caregiver at Hacienda HealthCare said on Monday that the staff at the facility makes up nearly all the human contact the patient has, as her family visits only once every few months.

"From what I've been told, she was moaning", an unidentified source told Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO.

Last week the state's department of economic security sent investigators to the facility for health and safety checks. Arizona Department of Health Services found that in 2013 a male employee at the facility was making inappropriate sexual comments about patients bodies and was subsequently fired, and in 2017 the facility was reported for not offering privacy for patients while showering.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's office released a statement saying the reports are "deeply troubling".

"He stated that he does not know why staff come and go in the shower room when he does not have any clothes on".

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