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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:51 am 
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Hacienda Healthcare shuts down facility where incapacitated woman gave birth

Hacienda Healthcare will stop operations of the specialized care unit where an alleged rape of an incapacitated patient occurred, the facility announced Thursday.

On Dec. 29, a woman in her late 20s who has been a patient of Hacienda Healthcare for two decades gave birth. The woman is non-verbal and cannot move on her own. Phoenix police arrested the woman's nurse after a DNA test showed a match between the baby and him.

There are 37 intellectually disabled patients who live in the unit. The decision to close the unit comes after the board of directors could not reach an agreement with a third-party manager to take over as the state demanded............

........Gov. Doug Ducey requested that Attorney General Mark Brnovich take action after the Arizona Department of Economic Security said Tuesday that Hacienda Healthcare did not meet a deadline to have an outside manager take over operations.

In a letter obtained by 12 News, Ducey urges Brnovich to:

Prosecute Hacienda and its leaders with offenses connected to the rape of the patient whose pregnancy was a surprise to Hacienda staff
Investigate potential civil rights violations connected to allegations of sexual harassment of Hacienda staff and potential financial fraud
Seek penalties requiring board members to give up their interests in the business......


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