Healthcare boss resigns after coma patient gives birth

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KPHO also spoke with a former Hacienda manager who said Timmons insisted that a 1988 incident of abuse of a different patient be covered up.

The CEO of Hacienda Healthcare has stepped down amid an investigation into the sexual assault of a woman who gave birth while in a vegetative state.

In a statement released to PEOPLE on Friday, Hacienda HealthCare spokesman David Leibowitz said the organisation, which runs the facility, was cooperating with authorities, but declined to divulge the exact nature of the underlying incident.

Hacienda has been under intense scrutiny since the 29-year-old Native American woman had the healthy baby boy December 29, the station said.

Police in Phoenix are investigating reports of sexual assault, they confirmed.

"Not Hacienda, '" said a woman who worked as a manager at the firm for about a decade, reported AZFamily on January 8.

"No. None whatsoever. Not even able to communicate the fact that she was pregnant", claimed the source. "And we knew not to mess with that temper because people got fired", she told the news outlet, adding that some people got fired.

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Calling her case an "absolutely horrifying situation" Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman said in a statement that the "unprecedented case. has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization". Staff members reportedly hadn't noticed the patient was pregnant until she went into labor.

"Trust has been severed, period", she said.

On Friday, KPHO-TV reported claims from sources that a woman in the facility who had been in a vegetative state after almost drowning more than a decade ago had given birth to a baby boy in December.

The birth has triggered a police investigation and reviews by state agencies. Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department said in the press release that "this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department".

Protocol at the clinic has been changed, the source said, and men now have to be accompanied by a woman on entering the room of a female patient.

Cesana is working to move her daughter out of the facility, which serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities.

The state department of economic security dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks at the facility, and the department of health services has beefed up safety measures: more staff, increased monitoring and stronger security. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients.

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