Facility’s CEO resigns after vegetative patient gives birth
Jan 09 2019
Troublingly, the alleged incidents weren't reported to the facility's administrators until a month after they occurred.
"I was scared", the ex-manager recalled. "And we knew not to mess with that temper because people got fired", she told the news outlet, adding that some people got fired.
"I wasn't there. I clearly don't have firsthand knowledge of what happened", Meyers said.
Bill Timmons' resignation, which was unanimously accepted by Hacienda's board of directors, came as new allegations of past abuses emerged.
"I want to assure our patients, their loved ones, our community partners, the agencies we do business with, Gov. Ducey and the residents of Arizona, we will continue to cooperate with Phoenix police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible", he said.
The 29-year-old woman had been a patient at the Phoenix facility for more than a decade after nearly drowning, according to azfamily.com, two Meredith Corp. -owned TV stations that broke the story; police declined to provided NPR with details about their investigation.
"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", the statement continued.
"During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility", said a spokesperson for the department. The staff member remarked that one client with intellectual disabilities had been placed in a sexual position. The second staffer said she had seen "many" other staffers do the same thing.
A source familiar with the situation previously told AZ Family that "none of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth".
Protocol at the clinic has been changed, the source said, and men now have to be accompanied by a woman on entering the room of a female patient. In January 2018, state investigators said the issues "have been corrected", People reported.
The CEO of a nursing facility in Phoenix, Arizona, where a patient in a vegetative state reportedly gave birth in December has resigned.
The health care facility has at least 74 patient beds, according to federal records.