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Board director of embattled Arizona care facility resigns

February 28, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The longest-serving board member of an embattled Arizona long-term care facility where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth is resigning.

Tom Pomeroy says his resignation is effective Friday. He’s been a member of Hacienda HealthCare’s board of directors for 38 years and was serving as the board’s director.

In a statement Thursday, Pomeroy says he is stepping down to allow new leadership to come in.

Hacienda has been in turmoil since a 29-year-old patient gave birth on Dec. 29.

A nurse whose DNA Phoenix police says matches a sample from the baby has pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped the woman.

Hacienda operates the only privately-run intermediate care facility in Arizona and currently serves 37 intellectually disabled children and adults.