CEO quits after vegetative patient has baby

CEO quits after vegetative patient has baby

Staff at the private health facility were not aware that she was pregnant and were initially surprised when she began moaning during the beginning of her labour, according to Reuters. "And we knew not to mess with that temper because people got fired", she told the news outlet, adding that some people got fired.

The sudden birth of a baby boy to a woman who had spent the last 14 years in a deep coma has sparked a sex abuse investigation.

Police on Tuesday served a search warrant to obtain DNA samples from all male employees at the woman's care facility.

"He said: "'Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors. According to agency documents, Hacienda HealthCare later corrected facility "deficiencies" that contributed to the incident.

The woman has been a resident of Hacienda HealthCare in central Phoenix for more than a decade after a near-drowning.

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", Rambler said.

Karina Cesena says that her trust with Arizona's Hacienda Healthcare has "definitely been broken".

Hacienda confirmed the warrant for DNA samples to the news station and added it will do "everything" it can to "bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion".

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

San Carlos Apache officials announced Tuesday night that the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the tribe, whose reservation is in southeastern Arizona about 215 kilometres east of Phoenix.

Now at the health center, more security guards are present and a new protocol requiring male staffers to be accompanied by female staffers if they go into a female patient's room has been put into place.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's office released a statement saying the reports are "deeply troubling".

Arizona state Rep. Jeff Weninger said he is considering legislation to protect patients living at long-term healthcare facilities.

One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients.

"I saw people disappear and never come back", she said.

The department of health ordered Hacienda to implement "heightened safety measures", spokeswoman Melissa Blasius-Nuanez said.

It's not clear whether staff members at the facility knew the patient was pregnant. Troublingly, the alleged incidents weren't reported to the facility's administrators until a month after they occurred.

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