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Fallout from patient rape leads to Mesa hospital's closing

Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — The operator of a Phoenix long-term care facility where an incapacitated Native patient was raped and later gave birth is closing one of its other hospitals.

Hacienda HealthCare announced July 19 that it is shutting down Hacienda Children's Hospital in Mesa.

The non-profit corporation says the 24-bed facility has four patients remaining. The hospital will stay open until those patients are discharged or a new owner can be found.

The hospital opened in 2015 and specialized in non-emergency, non-surgical care for medically fragile children not ready to go home.

Interim CEO Perry Petrilli cited rising costs from overhauling security and third-party monitoring at the Phoenix intermediate care facility where a patient was sexually assaulted.

Her pregnancy was discovered in December when she went into labor.

A former nurse was arrested.

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