Bill Timmons, CEO of Hacienda HealthCare nursing facility where vegetative woman gave birth, resigns; new claims emerge - CBS News
CBS News - Tue 8 Jan 13:27 GMT

Bill Timmons, CEO of Hacienda HealthCare nursing facility where vegetative woman gave birth, resigns; new claims emerge - CBS News

Bill Timmons quit days after baby was born to woman patient in vegetative state; CBS affiliate reports claim that he covered up prior incident

  The chief executive officer of Hacienda HealthCare resigned Monday, just days after a vegetative patient at a Hacienda nursing facility in Phoenix gave birth.

  Bill Timmons' resignation, which was unanimously accepted by Hacienda's board of directors, came as new allegations of past abuses emerged.

  In a statement, Hacienda said Board Executive Vice President Gary Orman vowed that Hacienda "will 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."

  KPHO also spoke with a former Hacienda manager who said Timmons insisted that a 1988 incident of abuse of a different patient be covered up.

  Meanwhile, a state lawmaker is considering legislation to protect patients living at long-term healthcare facilities from abuse.