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Hacienda HealthCare to close unit where incapacitated woman was raped

Posted at 4:24 PM, Feb 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 18:38:16-05

Hacienda HealthCare will be closing the unit where an incapacitated woman was raped, became pregnant and gave birth last year.

The decision was made by the company's board of directors.

In a statement, the company said the board "has come to understand that it is simply not sustainable to continue to operate our Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled."


Patients will be transferred out of the facility, a decision which Hacienda said it was working on with state agencies.

"We will continue to work with these agencies in the weeks and months ahead to ensure an appropriate and safe transition moving forward," the company said.

Sources told ABC15 Wednesday that state health agencies had been making calls to healthcare providers across the state as a precaution, should patients need to be transferred. Hacienda's statement did not address whether the patients would be moved to other facilities they operate or to ones owned by other companies.

The victim gave birth on December 29. The baby boy is reportedly in good health.

A former nurse at the facility, Nathan Sutherland, has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault.< /span> Police say DNA evidence connected from Sutherland and the baby is a match.