Hacienda HealthCare $15 million lawsuit settlement approved


A judge has approved a $15 million settlement to a lawsuit filed by the family of an incapacitated woman who was raped at a Phoenix health care facility and later gave birth.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Theodore Campagnolo on June 10 approved the $15 million settlement agreement between the family of the incapacitated woman, now 32, and the estate of the physician who cared for her at Hacienda HealthCare — Dr. Phillip Gear Jr.

Gear died Dec. 20, court documents say.

The woman and her family had previously reached a settlement with Arizona for $7.5 million.

Hacienda HealthCare is a private, nonprofit facility that houses patients whose care is paid for through the state’s Medicaid program and whose cases are managed by the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

The lawsuit accused the state of being “grossly negligent” in monitoring, overseeing and assessing Hacienda’s operations.


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