ARIZONA NEWS

Two doctors who cared for Hacienda victim no longer seeing patients

Jan 21, 2019, 3:18 PM | Updated: 3:37 pm

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Two doctors responsible for the care of the woman who gave birth at Hacienda HealthCare in December are no longer seeing patients there, according to a statement from the long-term care facility.

Phoenix police have said the 29-year-old woman, who has been at the facility since she was 3, became pregnant after she was sexually assaulted there.

According to Hacienda HealthCare’s statement, one of the facility’s doctors resigned, while the other was suspended.

“Once again, we offer an apology and send our deepest sympathy to the client and her family,” the statement read.

“Hacienda intends to do everything possible to restore its credibility in the eyes of our patients, families, the community and our agency partners at every level.”

The San Carlos Apache Tribe, of which the woman is a member, as well as police have described the woman as being in a vegetative state, while the lawyer representing her family has said she is severely disabled but not vegetative.

A Hacienda HealthCare spokesman told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Sunday that the facility is unable to comment on the woman’s condition due to federal regulations.

The center launched an internal review into the incident led by former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley last week.

Phoenix Police is also investigating the incident as a sexual assault and took DNA swabs from male employees earlier this month.

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (the state’s Medicaid program) and the Arizona Department of Economic Security sent a letter to Hacienda HealthCare last week, demanding the facility hire a third-party manager to oversee operations by Jan. 23.

The center responded last week saying it would comply with the demands.

Last week, a patient with an intellectual disability accused two of the facility’s workers of yelling at her and hitting her on the head and arm.

Those employees have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks on the 59th commemoration of the Bloody Sunday Selma bridge cro...

KTAR.com

VP Kamala Harris to visit Phoenix day after president’s State of the Union address

Vice President Kamala Harris is coming to Phoenix this week, one day after President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address.

59 minutes ago

(OdySea Aquarium PR photo)...

KTAR.com

Mermaid Magic returns to OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale for spring break

OdySea Aquarium is bringing back Mermaid Magic for a limited time from March 13-18, it announced last week.

3 hours ago

The Salvation Army closed its Tempe location on University Drive and Myrtle Avenue while renovation...

David Veenstra

Salvation Army closes Tempe location during renovations of new facility

The Salvation Army closed its Tempe location on University Drive and Myrtle Avenue while renovations are underway at its new facility.

4 hours ago

A sports fan checks odds at FanDuel Sportsbook in downtown Phoenix. (Cronkite News Photo)...

Brandon Brown/Phoenix Business Journal

Sports betting saw gains in Arizona in 2023, but not all sportsbooks shared in the surge

The sports betting market continued to grow in Arizona in 2023 with more than $6.57 billion wagered on sporting events in the state last year.

4 hours ago

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard performs on Sept. 21, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada....

KTAR.com

Here are the shows set for Phoenix area’s biggest concert stages in 2024

Here are all the headline acts set to perform at the Phoenix area's large-scale concert venues in the coming months.

5 hours ago

File photo of Phoenix Police cruiser with lights on at night...

KTAR.com

Collision leaves 1 dead, another seriously injured in north Phoenix

Police is investigating a collision that killed one adult man and seriously injured another in north Phoenix.

12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

...

Sanderson Ford

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

Two doctors who cared for Hacienda victim no longer seeing patients