Death toll rises at Florida nursing home hit by Irma

Death toll rises at Florida nursing home hit by Irma

Death toll rises at Florida nursing home hit by Irma

Victims Wednesday at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were as old as 99, and there were worries the count could grow.

Firefighters evacuated 158 people from the nursing home. That patient was transported to a hospital, police said.

Detailing the problems identified this week by the Agency for Health Care Administration, member station WLRN reports, "In its complaint, the healthcare agency said that on September 10 the rehab center 'became aware that its air conditioning equipment had ceased to operate effectively.'. Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe".

Video from above the scene shows the buildings residents sitting on wheelchairs outside the nursing home. The facility's "overall rating", which includes staffing, fire safety and health inspections, was was listed as "below average".

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At a housing community for senior citizens in Immokalee, Florida, some residents told a Reuters reporter on Tuesday they had nothing to eat in their small apartments that were without power. "This is something that could've been prevented", said Pedro.

An estimated 150 facilities out of the almost 700 in the state are now without full power services, the association said.

Rubio, a Republican, tweeted that he is asking the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to review whether The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills "was in violation of any federal regulations".

Police were first called to the facility at about 4:30 a.m. but authorities did not arrive until after 6 a.m., officials said. In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies. For example, the website said 25.9 percent of "short stay" residents were hospitalized again after admission to the nursing home, above the state average of 23 percent and the national average of 21.1 percent.

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There are 683 nursing homes in Florida with more than 84,000 beds, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and regulates these facilities. The causes of death are still being investigated, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said. Trump also suggested that Gov. Scott run for Senate in 2018 to challenge the state's other US senator, Democrat Bill Nelson.

The Florida Health Care Association described the deaths as a "profound tragedy within the larger tragedy of Hurricane Irma". When asked by emergency workers whether they had any medical needs or emergencies, center officials "did not request assistance or indicate any medical emergency existed", Sharief said. "If we find anybody did any criminal wrongdoing, we are gonna hold them accountable to the full extent of the law", he said. "The fact is that this facility never called 911", said Mara Gambineri, a spokeswoman for the department.

The Hollywood Hills nursing home where six elderly people died Wednesday morning is a facility with a history of poor inspections and is owned by a South Miami hospital with an troubled past of its own.

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 USA mainland this year. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were affected.

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