CEO Resigns After Vegetative State Birth At Phoenix Facility

PHOENIX, AZ — The CEO of Hacienda HealthCare, the company that runs the Phoenix facility where a woman in a vegetative state reportedly became pregnant and gave birth, has resigned.

“Bill Timmons, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda HealthCare, has terminated his employment from the company effective immediately,” the company said in a statement. “Timmons’ resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors.”

The allegations came to light in a news report from AZ Family. According to the report, the female patient who has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade gave birth on Dec. 29. Citing sources, the publication reported that the staff was not aware the woman was pregnant until she was giving birth.

A spokesman for Phoenix Police told Patch in an email that the matter is under investigation by cops.

Gary Orman, Executive Vice President of the Hacienda Board, said the company “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.

“I want to assure our patients, their loved ones, our community partners, the agencies we do business with, Governor 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,” Orman said. “And we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees.”

The Arizona Department of Health Services said it was aware of the situation and is working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation. When it learned of the situation, the ADHS said it initiated an onsite complaint investigation to ensure the health and safety of the patients and ensure the facility is in compliance with all state laws and regulations. The ADHS said it has also required heightened safety measures to be implemented at the facility.

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