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Florida governor orders removal of nursing home from Medicaid after 8 died

Florida governor orders removal of nursing home from Medicaid after 8 died”

About 150 of the Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Health Care Association, which represents a lot of them.

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, and added: "The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation".

The Florida Health Care Association statement Friday said the state has 683 nursing homes.

In a later statement, Carballo said, "The center and its medical and administrative staff diligently prepared" for the hurricane.

"That is a hard proposition", she said.

Frum called her facility, Memorial Regional Hospital, to issue a mass casualty alert. As one nursing home administrator in Miami told me: "That's up to us to decide if we're violating their rights". Then came the third call. "These are special, special people". A second patient was taken to the hospital about an hour later, after another 911 call. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but now the group has shifted its focus to checking on them and bringing supplies to their homes, said CEO Jacob Solomon.

Including the nursing home deaths, at least 26 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm passed. At least 38 people were killed in the Caribbean, where the storm, then a much more powerful Category 5 hurricane, devastated a string of Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean.

"The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought - but wonderful people working hard!" the president said in a Tweet on Tuesday. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees recoiled and cut his carotid artery.

At 4 a.m., firefighters were sent back to the facility to transport a patient reportedly experiencing breathing problems, police said.

Florida lawmakers will consider significant changes to nursing home regulations in the state following the deaths of eight residents in Irma's aftermath.

The complaint alleges that as early as Sunday, the center became aware that its air conditioning equipment had "ceased to operate effectively and appropriately".

The attorneys representing the nursing home did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comments regarding the complaint, the allegations made by Veroy or the calls that were allegedly made to the governor's office.

In a detailed timeline distributed Friday, representatives of the nursing home contended that the facility's administrators repeatedly reached out to Florida Power & Light and to the Florida Department of Health as the situation grew more dire. But the most recent state inspection reports showed no deficiencies in the area of emergency plans.

Older people can be more susceptible to heat because their bodies do not adjust to temperatures as well as young people. Moulder's mother was released from the hospital to a new nursing home.

The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat was down to 6.8 million. The number of people in shelters fell to under 13,000.

Hot, humid conditions coupled with a lack of power have particularly imperiled Florida's large population of the elderly, and some pre-emptive evacuations were underway to protect nursing home residents. By that afternoon, five more had died. "We cared for them like family". "And we're not leaving". Bill Nelson made no effort to hide their anger and frustration that something like this could happen. But the extent of the damage has been an unanswered question for days because some places have been unreachable.

As recovery continues, President Donald Trump was due to visit Naples in southwestern Florida on Thursday.

Johnson said the nursing home didn't have any ice to give her friend, who was ignored by the staff. "You're not going to convince a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor to do something that she doesn't want to do".

The spokesman for the facility, Ron Bartlett, said that after the air conditioning stopped, workers continually gave residents water and ice.

Asked what she'd like to say to the facility's owner, Craig said, "We coming for you". "They haven't told us anything".



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