Hacienda Healthcare CEO resigns, amidst controversy over birth of child to woman in vegetative state

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Officials with Hacienda Healthcare announced their CEO, Bill Timmons, has resigned from the company.

In a statement FOX 10 obtained Monday afternoon, officials say Timmons' resignation is effective immediately.

The facility has been at the center of media attention recently, as Arizona health and law enforcement agencies investigate allegations of sexual abuse, after a baby is born to a patient there that has been in a vegetative state for several years.

FOX 10 reported on the story on January 5. At the time, Hacienda Healthcare officials say it cannot comment specifically on the investigation, nor can it comment on the patient in this case, but the provider says it is conducting its own internal investigation, and cooperating with the police investigation.

In the statement, Gary Orman, Executive Vice President of the board for Hacienda Healthcare, vowed that the organization "will accept nothing less than a full accounting" of the incident.

"I want to assure our patients, their loved ones, our community partners, the agencies we do business with, Governor Ducey and the residents of Arizona, we will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible," said Orman. "And we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees."

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