Hacienda said its board voted last week on the change and it has been working with state agencies on a transition plan. All these conditions will also apply to the Skilled Nursing Facility, which shares the same campus. A nurse was charged with sexual assault after an incapacitated patient gave birth.
It was at the Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF-ID) where the 29-year-old victim was being treated, KPHO-TV reports.
"Your recent correspondence and statements to the media make it clear that rather than complying with the prior agreement to bring in a third party and without a definite plan to address challenges Hacienda faced with the third party it chose, such as costs, the Board of Directors made a decision to close the facility citing the facility's lack of financial viability", the letter said.
Hacienda officials said they couldn't continue running the facility, which serves children and young adults with intellectual disabilities.State officials criticized the decision to close, arguing it wasn't in the best interest of the 37 remaining patients.
"We encourage Hacienda to work with the state to find a path forward", the Arizona Department of Economic Security said in a statement. The state wasn't having that and issued an ultimatum to the facility.
Investigators say Sutherland's DNA matched a sample from the woman's newborn boy, who is being cared for by her family. He has since given up his nursing license.
In January, state regulators ordered Hacienda HealthCare officials to find a third party-manager for its facilities, and on January 30, officials with Indiana-based Benchmark Human Services say they have been contracted by Hacienda to act as a third-party manager.
'When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers, ' San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler said on Tuesday.
"The State's primary objective is to ensure that the residents are living in a safe environment and are provided appropriate care by qualified individuals in a manner that is safe and that fully addresses the residents" needs and the choices of the residents and their families, ' the letter reads. "This approach simply does not meet that test".
'Forcing this medically fragile community to move, should be a last resort.
Arizona's governor Doug Ducey, who recently requested an investigation into how Hacienda employees did not notice that the unnamed patient had been raped, said the decision to move patients is 'very concerning'. "Everyone's first priority should be protecting their health and safety".