150 nursing homes still without power in Florida

6 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

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While Sanchez declined to say what the temperatures were on the second floor of the building, the deaths illustrate the perils that can persist and even increase in the aftermath of a major disaster for the elderly and medically fragile. First responders ordered the nursing home evacuated.

Statewide, Hurricane Irma left 150 nursing homes out of 700 without power.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills a below average rating, two stars on its five-star scale. Thankfully, it's believed that these patients were "not medically compromised".

That company owns The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which had eight patients pronounced dead Wednesday.

The New York Post reported those who died were Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84 and Albertina Vega, 99.

Video from the evacuation scene shows residents sitting in wheelchairs outside of the nursing home, reports WCVB.

Officers are checking all of the other 42 assisted living facilities in Hollywood as a precaution, officials said.

Scott Sheridan, a climatology professor who studies heat illness at Kent State University, said the people at particular risk are those who are used to being in a climate-controlled environment - like a nursing home or another health facility - and are suddenly thrown into saunalike conditions.

"There's nothing we can do", Long said. Along with Michel, the Justice Department named Philip Esformes - whose name arose again last summer, when he was indicted after federal prosecutors accused him of leading "a complex and profitable health care fraud scheme that resulted in staggering losses - in excess of $1 billion".

On Wednesday, Knapp said nursing homes still without power were assessing "the best way to keep their residents safe, not knowing how long power will be out".

That 2006 case involved a $15.4 million settlement.

Authorities fear others taken there might not survive.

But most of the surviving patients were treated for "respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues", Memorial Regional Hospital's emergency medical director, Dr.

Police opened a criminal investigation on Wednesday but have not yet determined a cause of death for the six residents. Four more died in hospitals after the sweltering facility was evacuated Wednesday morning in a chaotic blur of events that prompted checks of other nursing homes in the area. In a statement, the county also said the nursing home reported that a tree was on a transformer.

The deaths, if confirmed as storm-related, would take the death toll in Florida from the hurricane to at least 17.

Residents struggling to put their lives back together have fallen victim to new hazards, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents, house fires and deadly fumes from generators. 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 vehicle crash in Richland County.

About 4.3 million homes and businesses, or about nine million people, were without power in Florida and nearby states yesterday, according to Reuters.

News of the residents' deaths Wednesday quickly drew national attention in a state already reeling from the devastating effects of Irma, which made landfall Sunday in the Keys and Southwest Florida.

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