8 dead in Florida nursing home left without power by Irma

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

He also tweeted that he was "outraged" over the deaths Wednesday at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where residents had endured sweltering conditions after Irma knocked out electricity last weekend. The complaint also seeks to protect all records pertaining to air conditioning equipment, hurricane preparation and procedures to monitor patients.

Otherwise, he said he never experienced problems with the staff in the eight years his mother, Gail Nova, lived there. She had visited her at the center just one day before her death.

Florida's governor called on first responders Wednesday to check health care facilities statewide in the wake of Hurricane Irma. And there was no power. Defede said that Scott had an emergency call with health care officials the prior week and had told them to call this phone number if they had any trouble weathering the storm.

"We've gone as long as 10 days before without power, but we were a lot younger; it was easier then", said Wallen jokingly.

Considering the devastation Irma brought to Florida, many replied to the tweet, calling it tone deaf and in bad taste. I have a ticket or a claim number, number 4301.

The nursing home had a history of poor inspections and citations. It didn't happen with these people.

SHAPIRO: When did you call 911?

At least six nursing home residents have died in Hollywood, Florida, according to a statement by city officials. And you're saying that.

SHAPIRO: Yes, absolutely. So the Federal Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and FEMA, they've all added departments that are specifically responsible to better coordinate care for elderly and disabled people during natural disasters. The association is working with the state to identify homes without power in greatest need so utility companies could prioritize them.

Rick Scott announced new rules Saturday requiring the state's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to have backup generators to control interior temperatures after emergencies, marking the latest response after eight patients from an overheating nursing home died earlier in the week.

PINA: Like 110 to 115 degrees.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson said he spoke to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to ask him if Veterans Affairs medical facilities could be used to house elderly people, if necessary, and was told yes.

"When we walked in it was so hot". The nurses were trying to help the patients. They had portable A/C units and fans, but the heat and humidity was too much. Two thousand National Guard members were deployed to the Keys to render aid and give food, water and other supplies that were in high demand.

"I don't know what to do". Was it always well-maintained? I mean, after Katrina, wasn't there this big push to try to get the government to put new regulations in place, to try to make some kind of changes that would prevent this from happening?

The overall death toll from Irma climbed to 81 on Wednesday, with several hard-hit Caribbean islands accounting for more than half the fatalities, and officials continued to assess damage inflicted by the second major hurricane to strike the United States mainland this year.

JOSEPH SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Right. "We couldn't get any, so thank God we finally got something".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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