After Patient In Vegetative State Gives Birth, Facility's CEO Resigns - NPR
Npr.org - Wed 9 Jan 03:07 GMT

After Patient In Vegetative State Gives Birth, Facility's CEO Resigns - NPR

Hacienda HealthCare is facing investigations after the birth. Staff at the Phoenix facility reportedly hadn't noticed she was pregnant.

  After Patient In Vegetative State Gives Birth, Facility's CEO Resigns Hacienda HealthCare, which tends to medically fragile children and young adults in Arizona, has an admirable motto: "In special lives, we make a difference."

  But the company is facing investigations after one of its patients, a woman in a vegetative state, gave birth to a child on Dec. 29.

  The 29-year-old woman had been a patient at the Phoenix facility for more than a decade after almost drowning, according to azfamily.com, which broke the story; police declined to provide NPR with details about their investigation.

  In 2013, Timmons received a warning from the Arizona Department of Health Services after an investigation revealed that a staff member — who was later fired — had made sexual comments about a patient that weren't appropriately reported.

  The Department of Health Services says that its own investigation is continuing and that it "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."