Deaths at Florida Nursing Home after Irma

Broward Mayor Announces Deaths at Hollywood Nursing Home

Broward Mayor Announces Deaths at Hollywood Nursing Home

More than 140 residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were evacuated on Wednesday after fire and rescue crews and medical staff from a nearby hospital found numerous facility's residents suffering from dehydration, heat stress and breathing difficulties.

The complaint asks for the preservation of all video and photographs taken in the nursing home from September 8, the day before South Florida was expected to start experiencing increased winds from Hurricane Irma, to September 13.

"At 5:34 p.m. (the Rehabilitation Center) called the governor and wasn't able to get a response", Defede said.

Key details of the Hollywood Hills incident remain unknown, even after officials delivered an update Thursday morning.

At Thursday's news conference, medical workers from an adjacent hospital who assisted in evacuating the center on Wednesday recounted a scene of chaos and stifling conditions as panicky staff scrambled to move overheated patients into a room where fans were blowing.

"It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida's vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care", Scott said in a news release.

Kerting Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Memorial Healthcare System, which runs four hospitals that received the evacuees, said staff were "assessing patients and tending to the health-care needs of the residents".

She questioned whether short staffing and fatigue on the part of overworked personnel may have factored in the crisis. "Generally, we are treating dehydration, heat exhaustion and severe respiratory conditions, and we do have some critical patients".

The ex-husband of 71-year-old victim Gail Nova said her devastated family believes the facility should lose its license.

"I don't know that there is a flawless way", she said.

RAW Hollywood Nursing Home Evacuated After Irma
RAW Hollywood Nursing Home Evacuated After Irma

Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday in Florida and neighboring states.

But instead of sending the "immediate assistance" they asked for, nursing home officials said they never heard back. Moulder's mother was released from the hospital to a new nursing home.

The issue of nursing homes without electricity has drawn national attention since eight residents of a Broward County facility died Wednesday. "Maybe it did maybe it didn't, we don't know yet" he said. "It points to the need for having plans in advance when it comes to emergency preparation".

A statement from the city indicated the facility still had some power.

"The loss of these individuals is a profound tragedy", said a statement by the Florida Health Care Association, which represents 81% of Florida's nursing centers. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process". Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said government officials had requested that power companies prioritise senior citizen communities before the hurricane hit.

Family members are now hoping new regulations will be put in place, that will require nursing homes to have generators on hand at all times.

While the database does show 17 entries indicating times between Thursday and Wednesday where data about the center was extracted, nearly all of those entries simply repeat the information from the most recent previous update.

Flora Mitchell arrived at the home trying to learn the fate of her 58-year-old sister, a stroke patient.

"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.

Florida officials including Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio greeted Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Fort Myers, Florida. It was recently 85 degrees with 70% humidity there, according to the National Weather Service.

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