Jan 14, 2019

How did they not know?

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Arizona law enforcement is investigating a rape at Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare nursing home after a patient in a vegetative state became pregnant and gave birth to a child.  KPHO reports the woman had been in a vegetative state at Hacienda HealthCare for at least 14 years after surviving a near-drowning incident.  The patient required around the clock care, and many had access to her room. Sources say the woman had no way to defend herself from the incident, and no way to communicate that she was pregnant.

Workers were stunned when she gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Dec. 29.

None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” a source familiar with the situation told the news station. “From what I’ve been told, she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her. There was a nurse that was there, and from what I heard she’s the one that delivered the baby.”

After the incident, health and safety checks were performed on all members living in the facility, according to adult protective services, the news station reported.

The Arizona Department of Health says its actively working with law enforcement in their investigation.

Hacienda officials said male employees are now required to have a female employee with them before entering a female patient’s room.

Hacienda’s website says they provide healthcare services to more than 2,500 people each year.

The chief executive of the corporation resigned this week. The company, Hacienda HealthCare, said the resignation of the executive, Bill Timmons, was unanimously accepted by its board of directors. David Leibowitz, a company spokesperson, said Mr Timmons had been chief executive for 28 years.

 Gary Orman, executive vice president of the company’s board, said it would “accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization.”
Records posted to the Medicare website indicate the nursing home received a “below average” rating from health inspectors in 2017. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rated its quality of resident care as “much below average.”  The nursing home specializes in the care of people with intellectual disabilities and has at least 74 patient beds, according to federal records.

This is not the first time investigators have expressed concern about the facility.

In 2013, the Arizona Department of Health Services found a male employee mistreated some patients by making sexually explicit remarks about them.   In 2017, state investigators cited the facility for providing inadequate privacy to patients while they were naked or being showered.

“Federal and state laws guarantee certain basic rights to all residents of this facility and they include the right to a dignified existence and to be treated with dignity,” it said.

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