The Latest: Care facility where rape occurred to stay open

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2019, file photo shows the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix. The long-term care facility in Arizona is shutting down a unit where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth, officials with Hacienda HealthCare announced Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Hacienda officials say they're working with state agencies to develop a plan to move the remaining 37 patients to other facilities. (AP Photo/Matt York, file)
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file pool photo, Nathan Sutherland, accused of raping and impregnating a patient at Hacienda HealthCare, is arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, Ariz. The rape of an incapacitated woman at this facility is driving Arizona to catch up to 10 states with laws or regulations governing electronic monitoring and other technology aimed at deterring abuse inside long-term care facilities. Renewed attention on safeguarding vulnerable residents at care centers comes after an incapacitated woman gave birth at the Phoenix facility in Dec. 2018. (Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)

PHOENIX — The Latest on whether a long-term care facility in Arizona where a patient was raped will close (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

The state will oversee the operations of a long-term care facility in Phoenix where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth in an agreement to keep it from closing.

A spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey says Hacienda HealthCare officials agreed Friday afternoon to accept voluntary regulation from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Patrick Ptak said this means the patients will be allowed to stay.

He says state agencies will work with Hacienda to establish a regulatory agreement with strong accountability measures.

Hacienda announced on Thursday that it was planning to shut down the unit where a 29-year-old patient became pregnant as the result of a sexual assault.

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11:55 a.m.

Arizona is contesting a long-term care facility's decision to shut down the unit where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth.

State regulators in a letter Friday say Hacienda HealthCare's contract does not allow it to close its intermediate care facility without written consent from the state.

They say Hacienda's board of directors has until 4 p.m. to answer questions about the closure decision.

The facility has been in turmoil since a 29-year-old patient gave birth on Dec. 29. A nurse who cared for the woman has been charged with raping her.

Hacienda has struggled to meet the state's request to hire a third-party management team to oversee daily operations.

The provider says the unit that serves intellectually disabled children and young adults is not sustainable.

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