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Police investigate sex assault after woman in vegetative state delivers baby at Hacienda Healthcare

Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 14:44:34-05

PHOENIX — Officials with Hacienda Healthcare are calling it an unprecedented matter after a report that one of its patients, who's been in a vegetative state for years, delivered a baby in late December.

Phoenix police say they are investigating who sexually assaulted the woman months ago. The Department of Economic Security says it's already sent a team to check on the health and well being of every resident.

The Department of Health Services confirmed to ABC15 on Friday that the facility, which has been operating in the Valley for decades, is being mandated to operate with more guidelines, which include:

- Increased security when it comes to visitors.
- Increased staff presence during interaction with patients.
- Increased monitoring of patient care areas.

Hacienda declined to talk on camera but did give ABC15 a statement reading inpart:

"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter. We are already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible. Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company’s leaders and the communities we serve.”

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