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Florida Governor Imposes New Rules After Nursing Home Deaths

Florida Governor Imposes New Rules After Nursing Home Deaths”

It is beyond outrageous that eight residents of a nursing home in Hollywood died in a building left without air conditioning after the hurricane hit South Florida.

The video was taken by the couple's daughter, who did not want to be identified.

After losing its full air conditioning on Sunday, the facility placed eight portable air coolers throughout the building and fans in the halls, state officials said in an emergency order late on Wednesday.

By Tuesday, relatives of residents say the halls were sweltering, and local authorities and Florida Power and Light say they had been contacted by then, but administrators did not call for an evacuation.

Carballo said the nursing home had a working generator and never completely lost power. During those conference calls he gave out a cell phone number and said if any of the healthcare centers experienced trouble they should call him at that number and he would work to resolve their problem.

In July 2015, Larkin Community Hospital issued a press release announcing it had won a bankruptcy auction and was taking over operations of the 152-bed Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, as well as other properties.

Police, assisted in their investigation by state and federal regulators, have said little about circumstances leading to the deaths of the patients, who ranged in age from 71 to 99.

The Hollywood center where the deaths occurred had earned a "below average" mark of two out of five stars from the nursing home rating system for Medicare, the USA health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, Medicare records showed.

The president couldn't resist injecting a political flavor into his visit, telling reporters in Fort Myers that he was hopeful that Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a two-term Republican, would run for the Senate, where Democrat Bill Nelson is up for re-election next year.

Power to a few homes was held up because homeowners first needed to do electrical repairs to their home, Fletcher said.

Officers are checking all of the other 42 assisted living facilities in Hollywood as a precaution, officials said. Most of the deaths are believed to be heat related.

The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC. They found three people dead and evacuated 145 people to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said.

The deaths of the nursing home residents in Hollywood are under criminal investigation.

"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.

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 director of nurses, when told of the observation, responded that she could not understand why the nurse had performed so poorly because she had watched the nurse wound care in the past with no issues, the report said.

Both federal and state laws require emergency plans for nursing homes and training for staff.

Moulder's attorney, Bill Dean, said Moulder visited her mother on Monday and anxious about the heat. "She opened her mom's windows, and she said, 'Mom, it's going to be OK'".



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