Eight dead at Florida nursing home without power since storm

16 September, 2017, 23:03 | Author: Benny Bass
  • 5 Dead at Florida Nursing Home that Lost Power During Hurricane

Three patients were found dead in the facility and others were found there "in need of immediate transport", officials said. Another 115 residents were evacuated. This has cut off air conditioning for scores of Floridians, and it poses an acute danger for the particularly young or old in a state known for its sweltering temperatures. More than 100 patients were evacuated from the facility. Officials also contacted the power provider, the state said.

"Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable", he said. "Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe - especially patients that are in poor health".

The nursing home did have a generator; however, it is unclear if the generator was functional.

The website includes a federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report that said a health inspection was conducted by the state March 31 and found a series of deficiencies at the facility.

Hollywood Fire Rescue evacuated residents from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, 1200 N 35th Ave., after some residents awoke sick. As part of the licensure process, AHCA confirms that the facility's emergency plan has been submitted to local officials.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is responsible for the safety of their patients.

Time and again, natural disasters have claimed residents of nursing homes and other senior communities.

The incident prompted police to check on the 42 other nursing homes in Hollywood, which is located on Florida's Atlantic coast less than 20 miles north of Miami.

Lisa Baker, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who teaches a class on disaster preparedness and co-authored the book "Vulnerable Populations and Disasters", said each new catastrophe brings lessons of how to improve planning and response. AHCA said the facility has an occupancy rate of 93 percent.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has asked the nation's largest cable, telephone and internet providers for rebates to Hurricane Irma victims for service interruptions.

Knapp called the Hollywood Hills death "a tragedy".

"I am absolutely heartbroken to learn of news reports of the deaths of multiple individuals in a nursing home in Broward County". These agencies will have investigators on site at the facility today.

Officials remain on the scene as the investigation continues.

Officials said the building has been without power since Hurricane Irma struck earlier this week and may have had air-conditioning issues.

Jon says that "apparently, the facility lost some, but not all of its power after Hurricane Irma". "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were affected". Florida Power & Light estimates it will restore power to all of its customers in South Florida by the weekend.



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