A senior executive at a care home resigned after a patient who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years gave birth after being raped.
Bill Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare’s CEO and president, resigned Monday after a report that a patient at one of his centers in Arizona caring for people with intellectual disabilities became pregnant and gave birth.
The 29-year-old victim was raped several months ago. She has been unresponsive for 14 years after a near-drowning experience left her partially brain dead.
‘Timmons’ resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors,’ a statement from company spokesman David Leibowitz said.
It has been revealed that the woman was raped multiple times – and now a former worker has come forward claiming abuse has happened in the past and was covered up by Timmons, according to AzFamily.
‘My heart stopped when I heard the news from my daughter. I was just horrified. I was going, “No! Not Hacienda,’” said a former manager of more than a decade at Hacienda who remained unnamed.
The former manager detailed an incident that happened in the past when she witnessed female nurses standing around a nonverbal male patient’s bed, talking inappropriately about his genitalia.
‘The poor guy was just laying (sic) there. He couldn’t say anything. He couldn’t defend himself,’ she said.
‘We were talking about reporting it to (the Department of Child Safety) and Bill Timmons slammed his fist on the table and said, “No! No one is going to report this.’”
She said workers did not report incidents because they were afraid that Timmons would fire them.
‘I was scared. Bill Timmons has a temper. And we knew not to mess with that temper because people got fired.’
The Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed the patient was a resident at at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, Arizona.
‘None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,’ a source told AzFamily.
Asked how staff knew what was happening, the source added: ‘From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her.’
The baby was delivered on December 29 and now the healthcare facility holding itself fully accountable while looking for the man responsible for the rape.
‘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,’ Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman said in the statement Leibowitz provided.
The State Health Department said that in the wake of the rape, the facility is required to heighten security and increase monitoring.
Local authorities have yet to announce any updates or suspects in the case.