The CEO of the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare nursing facility resigned on Monday after one of the facility’s patients who has been in a vegetative state for over a decade gave birth to a child.
“Bill Timmons, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda HealthCare, has terminated his employment from the company effective immediately,” a Tuesday statement from the facility to HuffPost reads. “Timmons’ resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors.”
The unidentified patient, a 29-year-old Native American woman, has been in a vegetative state for 14 years after a near-drowning incident. The woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29, local news outlet KPHO-TV reported last week. According to the local station’s unidentified source, the facility staff had no idea the patient was pregnant until she began moaning as she went into labor.
KPHO-TV confirmed on Monday that the woman had been raped several times. The Phoenix Police Department did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. Read more