Exterior of Hacienda HealthCare, 1402 E. South Mountain Drive in Phoenix. (Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic)

Two physicians accountable for caring for the 29-year-old rape victim who gave start at Hacienda HealthCare are not offering companies on the Phoenix nursing facility.

One physician has resigned, whereas a second has been suspended, based on a press release Monday from Hacienda HealthCare.

The motion follows Hacienda CEO Bill Timmons resigning on Jan. 7 when information of the sexual-assault investigation was reported.

Last week,John Micheaels, an attorney representing the victim, said the woman is not in a coma, is able to respond to her family in a limited way and her condition is the result of seizures early in her childhood.

The woman gave birth to a boy on Dec. 29. Staff members told a 911 operator that they had not known she was pregnant. 

According to court records, the woman, who is a citizen of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, has been a patient at Hacienda for 26 years. The records say the woman is “not alert” and needs a “maximum level of care.”


The 5-minute, 11-second 911 call details the minutes after a woman at Hacienda HealthCare gave birth. Staff can be heard trying to resuscitate the baby.
Phoenix Police Department

Phoenix police have called their investigation into “a helpless victim who was sexually assaulted” the department’s “the highest priority.” Police have a court order to obtain the DNA of all males working at the facility but have not limited the investigation to employees of the facility.

State agencies have ordered Hacienda HealthCare to pay for a third party to manage operations during the investigation to ensure the health and welfare of patients still at the facility.

The state has also suspended new patient admissions to Hacienda HealthCare.

Full Hacienda HealthCare statement:

“The two physicians who were responsible for the care of the sexual assault victim are no longer providing medical services to Hacienda patients. One has resigned. The second doctor has been suspended.”

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

Reporters John D’Anna, Stephanie Innes and Robert Anglen contributed to this report


Tim Jeffries talks about the rape of a comatose patient at a Phoenix facility that was under a criminal fraud investigation two years ago.
Arizona Republic


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