PHOENIX, AZ (AP) -- An embattled Phoenix long-term care facility where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth is now under state supervision.
The Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday that Hacienda HealthCare officially entered into a voluntary agreement to follow a slew of strict requirements.
They include hiring a third-party monitor, making daily patient welfare checks and providing a $50,000 deposit to help pay for any necessary transfer residents.
The agreement marks the culmination of months of turmoil since a patient gave birth to a boy at the facility in December and a male nurse was arrested.
Hacienda officials had planned last month to close down the entire unit, which would have meant finding new homes for nearly 40 residents.
But the state contested the decision.
"This is very significant, that we have been able to reach this agreement," said Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona's Dept. of Health Services. This is going to ensure the health and safety of the patients, and provides the department with regulatory oversight that's established with Arizona, and requires them to meet Arizona laws and requirements."
Gov. Doug Ducey's office released the following statement Friday:
We are glad to see Hacienda voluntarily accept a regulatory agreement with the Department of Health Services. Our top priority has been and will be the safety and welfare of patients at Hacienda. This agreement provides stricter oversight and greater accountability going forward and is the best possible outcome for patients and families. Their health, safety and welfare continue to be our top priority and, with this new agreement in place, our agencies will continue to provide strict oversight at Hacienda to ensure a high quality of care.