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Panel presents report; review following rape at Hacienda HealthCare

Posted at 2:56 PM, Nov 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-02 17:57:46-04

PHOENIX — A state task force created after an incapacitated woman was raped and gave birth at a long-term care center in Phoenix has submitted a report with recommendations to help prevent such incidents.

The report makes 30 recommendations, some of which include improved reporting requirements, better training for workers, conducting a campaign to encourage people to report abuse and creating statewide public awareness campaign.


The report was delivered Friday to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who had created the task force.

Ducey's office said it and state agencies would review the recommendations and take steps to implement them to help keep vulnerable people safe from abuse and neglect.

RELATED: Full Hacienda Healthcare investigation

Nathan Sutherland, a former nurse at Hacienda HealthCare, has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse and awaits trial.