“Several significant concerns” have been raised about the center where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth Dec. 29, the state said.

Two Arizona state agencies are ordering a long-term care company to pay for a third-party manager to oversee the center where a patient in a vegetative state gave birth last month.

In a letter Wednesday from top state health officials to Hacienda Health Care’s chief executive, the company is told to hire an outside manager at its own cost to “monitor and oversee the operations and appropriate delivery of health care services.”

The letter says there have been “several significant concerns raised” about Hacienda Health Care’s center. It was signed by Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Michael Trailor and Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Director Jami Snyder.

The state agencies said the third-party manager must be hired by Jan. 23 and in place by Jan. 30. The hire will have to be approved by the state, the letter states.

The center’s CEO has until 5 p.m. Thursday to respond to the state’s demand, “or the state will pursue any and all of remedies legally available to it,” according to the letter.

Hacienda Health Care said in a statement Wednesday that it “remains fully committed to ensuring the safety of its patients” and that its board of directors has taken the letter under advisement.

“The Board is thinking about the most ideal alternative forward — for Hacienda’s patients and their families, for the Hacienda group and for the association,” the announcement said. “We will react to the state quite promptly, per the rules laid out by controllers.”

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