DNA search warrants served on male Hacienda Healthcare staffers

Maricruz Casares
Enero 11, 2019

The woman, who's been identified as a 29-year-old Native American by news network NTD, was in a vegetative state for 14 years before giving birth at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Arizona.

Police served the long-term care facility with a search warrant on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

On Monday, longtime CEO Bill Timmons resigned from Hacienda after reports of the December birth surfaced last week.

The Arizona Department of Health Services told the Arizona Republic that in the wake of the news that a woman gave birth, the facility is required to have heightened security measures including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors to the facility.

"He said: "'Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors.

Hacienda almost lost its Medicare funding in December 2013 after Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) found at least one staff member was abusive to multiple patients while several staff members were deficient in reporting patient allegations of abuse by staff.

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In addition to working with police, the state is "re-evaluating the state's contract and regulatory authority as it relates to this facility and have been working closely with state agencies to ensure all necessary safety measures are in place", Patrick Ptak, a governor's office spokesman, said in a statement.

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".

Hacienda board executive vice president Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

Founded as Hacienda de Los Angeles in 1967, Hacienda HealthCare describes itself on its website as "the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona's infants, children and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities".

A lawyer for the woman's family released a statement Tuesday saying the family was outraged at the "neglect of their daughter" and they asked for privacy. But one complaint from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients two months earlier. As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation.

The source said the facility has changed protocol this week. The Phoenix Police said they could not confirm the reports.

"We're just trying to get more information. I myself have come in a back way many times with no one noticing me", the caregiver said. "But I can't believe someone receiving that level of constant care wasn't recognized as being pregnant prior to the time she delivered".

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