ARIZONA NEWS

Hacienda HealthCare CEO resigns after vegetative patient allegedly gives birth

Jan 7, 2019, 5:51 PM | Updated: Jan 23, 2019, 10:37 am
(Hacienda Healthcare Photo)...
(Hacienda Healthcare Photo)
(Hacienda Healthcare Photo)

PHOENIX — The head of a Phoenix health care facility resigned Monday after a report surfaced that a patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for at least a decade.

Hacienda HealthCare spokesman David Leibowitz said in a statement to KTAR News 92.3 FM that Bill Timmons ended his employment effective immediately.

Timmons’ resignation was accepted unanimously by the board of directors.

Executive Vice President Gary Orman said in the statement that the facility “will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization.

“I want to assure our patients, their loved ones, our community partners, the agencies we do business with, Governor Ducey and the residents of Arizona, we will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible,” Orman said.

“And we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees.”

The facility located near 16th Street and South Mountain Avenue said in a statement last Friday that it had “recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident” but did not provide more information.

When asked about an incident at Hacienda HealthCare, Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department said the “matter is currently under investigation” but did not provide more information. A police report was not made available.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Arizona Governor's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Tucson border patrol agent dies in line of duty; flags to fly half-staff Saturday

Flags will fly at half-staff across the state Saturday for a Tucson border patrol agent that died in the line of duty.
18 hours ago
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., runs from the Senate chamber after voting on an appropriations bill t...
Kevin Stone

In CNN interview, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema won’t tip hand on $2T domestic bill

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wouldn’t commit to supporting her party’s $2 trillion domestic agenda during a sit-down interview with CNN on Thursday, but she didn’t provide specifics on how to secure her vote.
18 hours ago
A member of the Atelotorque performance troupe. (Photo via Phoenix Zoo/Peter Speyer)...
KTAR.com

Acrobats imagine animals’ lives after dark for new Phoenix Zoo fundraiser

The Phoenix Zoo announced a new fundraising event -- Animals After Dark, An Aerial Experience -- featuring animal-themed acrobatics performed against the backdrop of the venue’s main lake.
18 hours ago
(Eegee's Rendering)...
Danny Shapiro

Eegee’s opening Mesa location, its second in the East Valley, in mid-December

Eegee's has set an opening date for its second foray into the East Valley, this time in Mesa.
18 hours ago
Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes (Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
Associated Press

Northern Arizona sheriff pleads guilty to operating boat while drunk

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes pleaded guilty on Thursday to operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to a year of probation and will spend two days in home confinement.
18 hours ago
Empty vaccine vials from various manufacturers lie in a tray at a vaccination hub in the Aachen-Ark...
KTAR.com

Arizona delta wave reaches new heights in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Arizona health officials reported 5,236 new COVID-19 cases and 14 additional deaths on Friday as the delta wave surges to new heights.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Canvas Annuity

Annuity basics: how to retire with a guaranteed paycheck for life

Does the thought of retirement fill you with stress or with happiness? Everyone wants to spend their retirement in a way that brings them the most joy, whether that’s traveling the world or spending extra time at home with grandkids.
(Facebook Photo/NHTSA)...
Sweet James

Upcoming holiday season is peak time for DUI arrests

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most dangerous time of the year to be driving. That’s why it’s important to remember to call Sweet James Accident Attorneys if you’re injured or arrested because of a DUI accident.
...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
Hacienda HealthCare CEO resigns after vegetative patient allegedly gives birth