Healthcare boss resigns after coma patient gives birth

Healthcare boss resigns after coma patient gives birth

According to agency documents, Hacienda HealthCare later corrected facility "deficiencies" that contributed to the incident.

And so a few days after Christmas, her caretakers were flummoxed when she went into labour.

Several sources close to the case told Arizona's Family that there is much more to be uncovered about the abuse allegations at this facility.

State officials say they have acted to protect other patients in the wake of the pregnancy.

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

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Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department said, "At this point, this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department". A police report and 911 calls were also not available Saturday.

Hacienda HealthCare said it was fully co-operating with the authorities.

Since the birth, Hacienda has placed a policy of requiring female employees to accompany male employees to female patients' rooms, most likely pushed forward by the Arizona Department of Health Services, which said in a statement that it has implemented "heightened safety measures" that include "increased staff presence during patient interactions as well as surveillance of patient care locations". "Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company's leaders and the communities we serve", the statement continued. Last year, NPR revealed that Americans with intellectual disability are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities.

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

Since the news of the incident broke, parents of patients at the Phoenix-based health care facility have come forward, expressing their concerns.

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The state's online complaint database for care facilities shows multiple complaints about Hacienda de Los Angeles going back to 2013.

But there have been reports of patient mistreatment.

Earlier on Tuesday, the patient, who has been receiving treatment at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, was identified as a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona.

The nursing home, meanwhile, had been cited for a privacy deficiency after a male patient told investigators in December 2017 that while he was being bathed by a staff member, other staff members would walk in on him while showering. The worker also watched clients in the facility touch themselves.

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