Facility where severely disabled Arizona woman was impregnated will close

Arizona Facility Where Incapacitated Woman Was Raped Gave Birth Is Shutting Down

Arizona Facility Where Incapacitated Woman Was Raped Gave Birth Is Shutting Down

The company announced the closure in a statement on February 7.

A frantic 911 call captured the scene, with a nurse at one point yelling, "The baby's turning blue!"

Hacienda has said its employees were unaware the woman was pregnant before she went into labour, according to police. Initial reports described her as being in a vegetative state but the family's lawyer later corrected that description.

Officials from Hacienda HealthCare said in a statement on Thursday that its board of directors had voted to close its 60-bed skilled nursing facility in Phoenix because it was "simply not sustainable to continue".

Nathan Sutherland, facing charges in connection with an incapacitated woman at Hacienda.

Since the facility is not required to hold a state license, the state can not intervene with the board's decision. The state wasn't having that and issued an ultimatum to the facility.

About a week later, a former prosecutor was hired to investigate how the patient was sexually assaulted separate from a police investigation.

A nurse at the facility, Nathan Sutherland, 36, was arrested in January after investigators said they had linked him to the case through DNA evidence.

Hacienda Healthcare announced Thursday that it will be closing its intermediate-care facility in Phoenix, Arizona where a non-verbal 29-year-old patient was raped and gave birth to a boy in December.

Nathan Sutherland

Hacienda did not say in its letter to employees how long transitioning patients from the facility it will close would take.

They also mentioned their plan to transition their patients and staffers to other facilities in the area over the next few months.

"This is good news and the best immediate outcome as it means Hacienda patients and families would be allowed to stay in the home they've known for years while ensuring new and enhanced protections and oversight are put in place", Ptak said in a statement.

Regulators have questioned whether the closure, despite the scandal, was in the best interest of patients.

"This is very disturbing news".

"We encourage Hacienda to work with the state to find a path forward", the Arizona Department of Economic Security said. The care provider will have to work with an outside health care consultant until the state finds it is in compliance. "State agencies are exhausting all efforts to bring this to a conclusion that is beneficial to the patients, some of whom have been at this facility almost their entire lives", the department said.

'When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers, ' San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler said on Tuesday. "This approach simply does not meet that test".

The state received written confirmation that Hacienda HealthCare would enter into a voluntary regulation agreement, said Patrick Ptak, spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey.

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