Two people claiming to be former employees of Hacienda Healthcare have spoken out to detail what the nursing home and its parent company are like after a patient's surprise pregnancy and birth sparked a sexual assault investigation.
"On behalf of the tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members", tribal chairman Terry Rambler said.
A male patient complained Hacienda HealthCare staff walked in on him while he was trying to shower with assistance in December 2017.
According to the facility, Tuesday Phoenix police investigators served a search warrant to obtain DNA from male Hacienda HealthCare staffers. "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS.
The unidentified patient, a 29-year-old Native American woman, has been in a vegetative state for 14 years after a near-drowning incident.
According to agency documents, Hacienda HealthCare later corrected facility "deficiencies" that contributed to the incident.
A female patient living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility reportedly gave birth December 29 although the staff was unaware the woman was pregnant.
An investigation is underway by Phoenix Police, as controversy mounts over the incident.
Bill Timmons' resignation, which was unanimously accepted by Hacienda's board of directors, came as new allegations of past abuses emerged. Then one day, hospital workers noticed one day that there was something wrong with her.
Hacienda confirmed the warrant for DNA samples to the news station and added it will do "everything" it can to "bring this police investigation to a quick conclusion".
Calling her case an "absolutely horrifying situation", Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman said in a statement that the "unprecedented case. has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization".
Gov. Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".
Sources claimed the patient required round-the-clock care and "many people" had access to her room.
In the wake of the reports, the Arizona Department of Health Services said new safety measures have been implemented.
"We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation", the department said in a statement.
"Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents".
"We don't know who this person is yet".
"I can't think of a legitimate reason not to call it what it is", he said.