Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Hollywood nursing home rated 'below average'

Hollywood nursing home rated 'below average'

Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said that the authorities were investigating the deaths and looking at every possibility, adding that nothing would be ruled out, including a criminal angle to the investigation.

More than 100 patients at the nursing home were evacuated on Wednesday along with 18 patients from a nearby facility that was cleared due to the criminal investigation, Hollywood officials said.

As a precaution, police are also visiting 42 other facilities in the city to make sure patients are okay.

Call after call was made from the Rehabilitation Center nursing home in Hollywood Hills, Florida to emergency services as elderly patients slipped into cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

Timothy Keefe, deputy chief of Broward County Fire-Rescue, said his agency was assisting Hollywood agencies in evacuating the entire facility.

An initial news release from the city of Hollywood said that three patients were found dead in the facility early Wednesday, while others were taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there.

And at the huge, 15,000-resident Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines, more than half the residential buildings had no power Wednesday afternoon.

"That's what we do", he said.

The local officials said, the hurricane has taken the lives of five people at South Florida nursing home, the nursing home was without air conditioning.

Florida residents who evacuated ahead of the storm faced lengthy traffic jams, meanwhile, as they returned to check out their homes after days in shelters or with friends or family.

Florida seniors were ushered out of stifling assisted-living centers Thursday while caregivers fought a lack of air conditioning with Popsicles and cool compresses after eight people died at a nursing home in the post-hurricane heat. Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable. "That's exactly why we asked them to leave". According to the authorities, people were being evacuated from the facility to save places.

In Florida, the state's biggest electric company said its outages dipped to 3.3 million from a peak of 3.6 million earlier on Monday. He said he's been calling Florida Power & Light for days to get it fixed.

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". Harrison on the Florida Health Innovation subcommittee which oversees legislation governing Florida nursing homes. That includes a 57-year-old man struck by a tree limb during the storm in Calhoun Falls; a 54-year-old man who died in a mobile home because of carbon monoxide poisoning while a generator was running; and a man who died in a auto crash in Richland County. Police say three patients died at the facility and three at a hospital. As part of the licensure process, AHCA confirms that the facility's emergency plan has been submitted to local officials. Some homes and businesses could be without power for weeks, especially in the hardest-hit areas like southwest Florida, the NextEra Energy Inc unit said.

State officials continued to survey the damage left from the powerful storm on Wednesday, with Gov. Rick Scott making stops in Clay County and the Florida Keys as the state recovers from the catastrophic storm. "We just need power".

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