Third party manager found to manage Hacienda HealthCare facility

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Officials with an Indiana-based company announced Wednesday that it has been contracted to act as a third-party manager for a Hacienda HealthCare facility.

In a statement obtained by FOX 10, officials with Benchmark Human Services announced that Hacienda HealthCare has contracted them to act as a third-party manager for Hacienda's Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, in accordance with state directives.

"Benchmark has assumed oversight of the facility and is conducting a thorough assessment of the current operations. The Board and management staff of Hacienda has assured Benchmark of their full cooperation and support under this arrangement," read a portion of the statement.

On its website, Benchmark Human Services describes itself as a company that serves over 10,000 children and adults in 12 states and Washington, D.C..

Hacienda HealthCare has been the focus of international attention, after a baby was born to an incapacitated woman at one of their facilities. A suspect, identified as 36-year-old Nathan Dorceus Sutherland, has since been arrested. Sutherland was a licensed practical nurse who surrendered his license after his arrest.

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