PHOENIX – The State of Arizona revokes the license of a care facility where a disabled woman was raped and gave birth last year after the discovery of another patient who had had worms.
The Arizona Health Services Department said Friday night that the revocation of Hacienda Healthcare's license would give the state more control over the facility, but would not compel it to close.
The agency said the permit had been revoked "based on the results of a recent investigation and an extremely troubling incident involving inadequate patient care".
The health department confirmed Friday that it would investigate the center after larvae were found early in the week near a surgical incision under the gauze bandage of a patient.
A spokesman for Hacienda had stated that the institution was in the same place as a disabled woman who had been raped and had given birth in 2018. A nurse who worked in the facility pleaded not guilty in this case.
Hacienda's board of directors initially proposed closing down the unit where the rape victim lived, claiming that the victim was no longer financially viable. The state intervened to regulate the installation in order to prevent 37 residents from being displaced.
Arizona lawmakers, just a few months ago, demanded that the facility be licensed. The legislator repealed a two-decade-old law exempting the state license requirements from the Hacienda form.
Hacienda is the first intermediate care facility in Arizona to be licensed since the 1990s when legislators approved the exemption.