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Hacienda Healthcare shuts down facility where incapacitated woman gave birth

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

The 29-year-old woman, who is non-verbal and cannot move on her own, gave birth to a baby boy at the end of December. Her nurse was arrested after his DNA matched the child’s.

The decision, Hacienda said in a statement, comes after the board of directors could not reach an agreement with a third-party manager to take over as the state demanded.

“After careful consideration, the Board of Directors have come to understand that it is simply not sustainable for us to continue to operate our ICF-ID,” an internal staff memo obtained by 12 News read. “Thus, we will begin to transition clients and eventually cease operation.”

Hacienda said the transition may be a long one. The memo told staff that the facility will work closely with Arizona regulators to ensure the safety of the patients affected by the closure.

The memo also promised to help every employee impacted by the change to secure employment either elsewhere in the company or beyond.

Earlier this week, Gov. Doug Ducey called on Attorney General Mark Brnovich to prosecute Hacienda Healthcare and its leaders.



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