PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)-- Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley held a press conference Monday after he was hired to lead an "exhaustive" internal review of Hacienda HealthCare, the facility where an incapacitated woman gave birth to a child last month.

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During the press conference, Romley said that his No. 1 priority is to address the health care facility's security, which includes cameras, security guards and visitors coming in and out of the building.

"We want to make sure this never happens again," Romley said. 

[WATCH: Rick Romley's news conference]

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The board of directors of Hacienda HealthCare hired Romley Friday. He did not disclose the amount of his Hacienda contract, which focuses on management practices, nor did he give an estimated timeline of how long his investigation will take to complete.

The directors said Sunday that Romley will have "unfettered access" to every part of Hacienda's business, including all record and operational procedures.

Romley added that he spoke to Hacienda Healthcare management but did not have any conversations with former CEO Bill Timmons, who resigned last  week amid the investigation. 

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Romley did speak with current CEO Patrick White, however, and said he's confident that White is committed to "do the right thing."

According to the State Bar of Arizona, White is an attorney with a background in health care, medical malpractice and personal injury law. His LinkedIn profile page says he has volunteered with the Hacienda Board of Directors since 2016.

In addition to Romley, an outside health care professional will also help out with the investigation. 

"I think that's a responsible way by which an organization should be conducting itself," said Romley.  

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Romley said that while transparency and regaining the public's trust are among his goals, he cannot guarantee how much of his findings he will be able to share. He added that he will have to consult the board first before making any information public.

Phoenix police said a 29-year-old woman, who has been incapacitated since age 3 was sexually assaulted and gave birth to a boy at Hacienda's Phoenix facility on Dec. 29.

Romley has not reached out to the victim’s family, but wants them to know he can sit down and listen to them any time.

At this point, investigators are collecting DNA from Hacienda's male employees and others who may have had contact with the victim while police work to find the perpetrator. 

The Hacienda board said in a statement on Sunday that they will continue to fully cooperate with the Phoenix Police Department and other law enforcement agencies looking into the matter.


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