Azfamily.com, a news website for television stations KPHO and KTVK, first broke the news Thursday that a woman gave birth on December 29 at the Hacienda HealthCare facility, where staff was unaware that she was pregnant.
Hacienda HealthCare, which has 40 programs that serve more than 2,500 people a year in Arizona, said in a statement Monday that the company's CEO, Bill Timmons, has resigned.
In the statement, Gary Orman, Executive Vice President of the board for Hacienda Healthcare, vowed that the organization "will accept nothing less than a full accounting" of the incident. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.
Orman added that the facility will be cooperating with police and investigators in every way possible.
The sudden birth of a baby boy to a woman who had spent the last 14 years in a deep coma has sparked a sex abuse investigation. The source said that staff only found out she was pregnant on the day she gave birth.
A spokesman for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said the reports were "deeply troubling" and that the state was re-evaluating its contract and regulatory authority over Hacienda Healthcare to tighten up patient safety measures.
It happened at Hacidena Healthcare, a facility for medically fragile children, teens, and adults.
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". The staff member remarked that one client with intellectual disabilities had been placed in a sexual position. They include increased staff presence during any patient interaction, more monitoring of patient care areas and additional security measures involving visitors. The facility has up to 74 patient beds, according to federal records, while state records show that some patients have lived at the Hacienda facility for decades.
Meanwhile, a state lawmaker is considering legislation to protect patients living at long-term healthcare facilities from abuse.