Health Facility CEO Resigns After Woman In Vegetative State Raped Multiple Times

Grant Boone
January 8, 2019

On Friday, KPHO-TV reported claims from sources that a woman in the facility who had been in a vegetative state after almost drowning more than a decade ago had given birth to a baby boy in December. "And they didn't know what was wrong with her", they added.

A Phoenix police spokesman said that "the matter is now under investigation" but declined to give any further details of the case.

On December 29, a patient at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility for the developmentally disabled gave birth to a baby boy, reports CBS.

Orman continued: "And we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees".

In 2013, an investigation found that a staff member made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients.

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A Hacienda spokesperson said the facility was assisting with law enforcement and regulatory agencies on the "unprecedented matter" as well as reviewing its own "processes, protocols, and people". In Arizona, sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult is a felony.

The news has been described as "deeply troubling" by a representative for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

"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.

The state department of economic security dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks at the facility, and the department of health services has beefed up safety measures: more staff, increased monitoring and stronger security. Hacienda was given a year to fix the "defects" in staff training and staff treatment of patients or be removed from the Medicare roster.

A mother of another patient at the facility posted a sign to her daughter's door saying that no men, including staffers, are allowed in until the police find the rapist. The worker had also been observed watching clients touch themselves. Additionally, the alleged incidents weren't reported for a month. In 2013, a male employee was found to have made sexually explicit remarks to patients, though no physical or sexual abuse allegations were made and the employee was sacked.

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