SafeLights would have prevented the Hacienda Healthcare Rape & Neglect

Hacienda Healthcare Arizona

On Dec. 29, 2019 a Hacienda HealthCare patient, described as "incapacitated" and needing a "maximum level of care," gave birth to a boy. Staff at the facility appear not to have known she was pregnant until the woman began to give birth.

Phoenix police chief Jeri Williams said Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse at Hacienda HealthCare, was responsible for providing care for the victim at the time the sexual assault occurred. Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department said Sutherland was connected to the case through DNA. On Tuesday, Jan. 22, investigators collected DNA with the help of a court order, and determined that Sutherland's DNA matched the baby.

Sutherland was booked into jail on one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, both felonies.

Per the Arizona Department of Health Services the facility now has to:

  • Contract with a third-party health care consultant to evaluate operational practices and oversee the operations of the facilities until ADHS determines the facility is in compliance;

  • Employ an onsite evaluator for the ICF-IID and SNF to ensure necessary changes are implemented and to monitor accountability to ensure health and safety;

  • Identify an independent review team to assess the level of acuity and care required for the residents; and

  • Within 90 days, develop a long term plan and timeline for the facility and its operations that prioritizes health and safety.

SafeLight Life-saving Light Bulbs would have prevented this horrific incident in the first place with its advanced continuous health monitoring and personal emergency response technology, without requiring any cameras.

Some of the alerts generated by SafeLights and their various preventative benefits are:

  1. Poor Sleep Alerts - Offer protection from falls, medication errors, medication abuse, insomnia and clinical deterioration.

  2. Voice Recognition Alerts- These are generated when certain care related key words are recognized by SafeLights. These alerts protect against assault, including sexual assault, neglect, falls, continuous pain and failure to assist.

  3. Unusual Sound Level Alerts - protect against assault, including sexual assault, neglect, falls, continuous pain and failure to assist and environmental perils like an active fires.

  4. Unusual Respiration Alerts - for protection from medication error, medication abuse, undetected clinical deterioration, untreated pain and fever.

  5. Unusual Second Presence Alert - for protection from physical and sexual assault, from staff or other residents.

  6. Unusual Absence Alert - for protection from elopement and neglect conditions.


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