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    At least 8 dead after Florida nursing home

    At least 8 dead after Florida nursing home left with no A/C from Irma
    Sept. 13, 2017




    At least eight nursing home residents have died in Hollywood, Florida, according to city officials.
    The deaths may be due to the loss of the home's air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck Sunday, according to CNN affiliate WPLG. The causes of death are still being investigated, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said.
    "We are conducting a criminal investigation (and) not ruling anything out at this time," Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday.

    A statement from the nursing home, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, confirmed that it had a "prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane."
    At least eight nursing home residents have died in Hollywood, Florida, according to city officials.
    The deaths may be due to the loss of the home's air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck Sunday, according to CNN affiliate WPLG. The causes of death are still being investigated, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said.
    "We are conducting a criminal investigation (and) not ruling anything out at this time," Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday.

    A statement from the nursing home, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, confirmed that it had a "prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane."

    Parts of the facility itself were energized" by Florida Power and Light, according to the company's communications director, Rob Gould. "Can't give you anything more specific than that at this point."
    Hospital administrators were told to dial 911 if they believed anyone was at risk, the governor's statement said.
    "The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is responsible for the safety of their patients," the statement said.
    "We're certainly all very disappointed that something like this could've taken place," Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy told CNN. "Unfortunately, emergency services were called obviously too late

    Patients evacuated to hospitals

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    Just saw this on the news, how awful .

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    It seems that the NH is responsible because they did not call 911 right away when they lost power. but parts of it had power. did that part have air conditioners? so many questions. most of our NH here have powerful generators but when we have a power outage the hospital and nursing home and people at home getting oxygen are the first ones to be taken care of. I live across the street from one so I get mine pretty fast usually.
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    I don't have any excuses for them, apparently the owners has always been lax of improvements, they have no excuses on this one a Large Hospital was across the street from the nursing home Just sad for the families of all these people who died I hope some heads roll in this case!!

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    Fla. nursing home says they called Gov. Rick Scott 36 hours before deaths from Irma


    The Florida nursing home where eight patients died days after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning says it contacted a special number cell phone number Gov. Rick Scott had given them 36 hours before the first death asking for assistance, CBS Miami reports.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office issued a statement to CBS Miami's Jim DeFede saying all calls to the hotline were returned in a timely fashion.

    "Every call made to the Governor from facility management was referred to the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health and quickly returned." said Scott's communications director John Tupps.

    CBS News' Jonathan Vigliotti reported Thursday that records show several 911 calls came from the center starting at 3:30 a.m. But it was nurse Judy From, at a hospital just across the street, who walked over with colleagues to find out for herself what was happening.

    "It was a situation where we knew we had to get those patients evacuated," From told Vigliotti.

    The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills says it lost power during Irma, but utility company Florida Power & Light issued a statement to CBS Miami on Friday saying part of the facility had electricity.

    "What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital with power across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed, operational generator," said FPL's Peter Robbins in a statement.

    The eight people are believed to have died from heat-related injuries. Workers at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills said Irma caused the air conditioning to fail Sunday and they struggled to keep residents cool with fans, cold towels and ice, CBS Miami reports.

    In a separate statement, the Florida Department of Health's Mara Gambineri wrote "this facility is located across the street from one of Florida's largest hospitals, which never lost power and had fully operating facilities. It is 100 percent the responsibility of health care professionals to preserve life by acting in the best interest of the health and well-being of their patients."

    Police have launched a criminal investigation.

    Scott announced Thursday the Center will no longer receive state Medicaid funds. Scott said the state has had multiple points of contact with the facility before the Wednesday's deaths. He said at no time did the facility communicate any imminent threats to its patients.


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    Eleventh death confirmed after Florida nursing home left without A/C
    Friday 9/25/2017




    Eleven people have died after a Florida nursing home failed to evacuate its residents, who suffered for days in oppressive heat with no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma, according to the Hollywood Police Department.
    Eleven people have died after a Florida nursing home failed to evacuate its residents, who suffered for days in oppressive heat with no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma, according to the Hollywood Police Department.

    The exact causes of death have not been reported, but a number of the 141 residents who were evacuated were treated for heat-related issues. The deaths are all being considered as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, the police department said
    Nursing home residents sweltered in hazardous conditions after Hurricane Irma, which felled a tree that knocked out the transformer powering the air conditioning system. Many were moved into the hallways, next to fans and spot coolers. One video obtained by CNN shows a naked woman sitting in the hallway on what appears to be a hospital bed

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    Workers laid off at now-closed Florida nursing home where 12 died

    Oct 7, 2017


    (CNN)A Florida nursing home where a dozen patients died after Hurricane Irma knocked out power has closed and laid off its 245 employees, according to a notice to state officials.

    The patients, between the ages of 57 and 99, died last month after The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills failed to evacuate them from the sweltering facility in the days after the storm, state officials said.

    The nursing home informed state officials in a letter dated September 27 that the facility had closed seven days earlier and its employees were out of jobs.

    "A 60-day notice could not be provided due to unforeseen business circumstances that occurred after the impact of hurricane Irma," the letter said.

    The 245 workers included occupational, speech and physical therapists, nurses and dietary aids, according to the letter.

    The exact causes of death have not been released, but a number of the 141 residents eventually evacuated were treated for heat-related issues.

    The deaths are part of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Hollywood, Florida, police department. State and federal agencies are also conducting administrative investigations.

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    Husband and wife among 14 dead after Husband and wife among 14 dead after
    3:47 PM ET, Mon October 9, 2017




    Two more former residents of a Florida nursing home have died roughly a month after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's air conditioning, the Hollywood Police Department announced Monday. The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills failed to evacuate residents from the sweltering heat in the days following the storm
    One of the newly reported deaths, 90-year-old Cecilia Franco, was the wife of another resident, Miguel Antonio Franco, who died in the week following the hurricane.
    The 14th person to die was 95-year-old Francesca Andrade

    By September 13, when officials first learned that the patients were suffering in hazardous conditions, eight residents were confirmed dead, ages 71 to 99. Three more died the following week, and a 57-year-old woman died the week after

    Franco's family is one of several that have filed lawsuits against the nursing home. In September, they alleged that the facility didn't provide proper care to Franco, who the family said was in serious condition at the time. She died Monday morning in hospice care

    "The death of Cecilia Franco has compounded this unnecessary tragedy for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren," family attorneys Curtis Miner and Albert Levin said in a statement. "Her family will pursue this case until a complete explanation has been received and complete justice has been obtained."

    "The death of Cecilia Franco has compounded this unnecessary tragedy for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren," family attorneys Curtis Miner and Albert Levin said in a statement. "Her family will pursue this case until a complete explanation has been received and complete justice has been obtained."

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