Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Nursing home where 8 died says it called Gov. before storm

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Stacy Diaz | 17 September, 2017, 06:59

The home was not entirely without power during and after Irma - but there wasn't enough to run the air conditioning, its managers say. He added that the center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioIt is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime House votes to block aircraft sales to Iran Cozying up to strongmen is not in America's diplomatic interests MORE (R-Fla.), Scott and others responsible for coordinating the response to the storm that hit Florida over the weekend.

"We are devastated by these losses. We're going to be with you tomorrow and we're going to be with you until Florida rebuilds bigger and better than ever before".

Florida's healthcare agency ordered a Miami-area nursing home suspended from the state Medicaid program on Thursday after eight elderly patients there were exposed to sweltering heat in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and died. Communication with the staff had always been like "pulling teeth", so it did not strike him as unusual that they had not been returning his calls since Sunday.

"Repeatedly, I was told that our case was being escalated to the highest level", Anderson said. I wasn't there. I hope the truth comes out.

"The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside", Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters on Wednesday.

But by early Wednesday, the centre had placed three calls to report patients in distress, prompting firefighters to search the facility.

But the heartbreaking deaths of the eight nursing home residents will certainly be at the forefront of the scrutiny.

The deaths are under investigation as criminal homicides.

In his latest statement, Carballo attempted to clarify some of the outstanding questions. The center showed deficiencies in maintaining fire and safety standards pertaining to exits and storage areas, as well as more serious problems with its generator maintenance and testing, according to February 2016 reports by Florida Agency for Health Care Administration inspectors. Owner Ralph Marrinson said all five of his Florida facilities lost electricity after Irma.

"In compliance with state regulations, the Center did have a generator on standby in the event it would be needed to power life safety systems".

"When asked if they had any medical needs or emergencies, (the nursing home) did not request assistance or indicate any medical emergency existed", Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said in a statement.

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

The air conditioning came back on around 2 p.m. Wednesday, when the only people left at the facility were detectives.

"It's very, very hot here", she said. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

Attempts by Reuters to reach representatives of the for-profit nursing home by phone and email went unanswered.

Of the 141 patients who were evacuated, 70 were discharged from the hospital as of Thursday, city officials said.

Frum called her facility, Memorial Regional Hospital, to issue a mass casualty alert. She had visited her at the center just one day before her death.

But state records revealed a variety of problems at the center. They had portable coolers.

"I don't know what happened inside". The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children & Families have begun their own investigations.

Craig, whose mother was sickened at the nursing home, said the centre's administrators should "be prosecuted to the full extent that the law allows and then some".

The incident raised concerns about the welfare of residents at other nursing centers.

Around the state, 81 nursing homes lacked electricity as of Wednesday night, according to the Florida Health Care Association. In addition, there are more than 3,100 assisted living facilities with more than 99,000 beds.

The facility was is just one of almost 700 nursing homes across the state, about 150 of which still lacked power as of Wednesday morning when the Hollywood Hills crisis occurred, according to the Florida Health Care Association. Another 42 nursing homes are being checked by police as precaution, and another 18 people at a nearby health facility have also been evacuated. "I really worry about the people who are in the community alone and how they are doing".