Eight dead in Florida nursing home following Hurricane Irma

One person died at the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills

One person died at the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills

Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez said at a press conference that officers found "extremely hot" temperatures on the second floor.

Robert Gould, a spokesman for NextEra Energy Inc's Florida Power & Light, said utility representatives had met with Broward County officials in early March. A portable generator was still running inside their home.

Which is what reportedly happened in Hollywood Florida. "Inexcusable", U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson added.

"While this nursing home was given a level of priority, in working with (Broward) county officials, other critical facilities, such as hospitals and 911 centers, were identified as higher priorities", the statement said.

"The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation", he stated.

Nursing homes in Florida are required by law to file an emergency plan that includes evacuation plans for residents.

"Every call made to the Governor from facility management was referred to the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health and quickly returned", said Scott's communications director John Tupps.

Police said a criminal investigation is underway and they are not ruling anything out.

The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills is pushing back against charges it let patients die.

"Dr. Jack Michel in 2006 settled claims after he and five others were accused of agreeing to send patients to his Miami hospital, Larkin Community, for unnecessary treatment, according to the Department of Justice".

Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said after the air conditioning failed, the staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on patients and gave them cold drinks.

That 2006 case involved a $15.4 million settlement.

All the patients were taken to area hospitals, including Memorial Regional Hospital.

The home "is now undergoing a criminal investigation from the local authorities, and open investigations from both AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) and DCF (Department of Children and Families)".

Hollywood Fire Rescue found several patients "in varying degree of medical distress and immediately began treatment" when they arrived at the Hollywood Hills facility on Wednesday morning, according to the city's statement.

In Florida, nursing homes are regulated by the Agency for Healthcare Administration. "At what point is it enough?" said Hollywood, Florida, Mayor Josh Levy. He said 32,000 homes and businesses in Hollywood were still without power.

In addition to severe flooding across Florida and extensive property damage in the Keys, residents faced widespread power outages that initially plunged more than half the state into darkness. More than 21,000 people remain in shelters across the state. Almost 3.8 million power customers in the state still lacked service early Wednesday as the mammoth effort to restore electricity in the often hot and humid region continues.

"As with millions of other Floridians, our centers are coping with the loss of power and infrastructure in the communities that were most affected by the devastation".

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