Nursing home residents found dead in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Nursing home residents found dead in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Florida's healthcare agency ordered a Miami-area nursing home suspended from the state Medicaid program on Thursday after eight elderly patients there were exposed to sweltering heat in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and died.

The home is directly across from a hospital.

Hollywood police have begun a criminal investigation into the deaths at Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills. Others are being treated at nearby hospitals.

On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an order to prevent the nursing home from admitting new patients.

In both cases nursing home administrators said they would rectify the problems.

Across the street from the stifling nursing home sat a fully air-conditioned hospital, Memorial Regional. The hospital never reported losing power during the storm.

Long before this past week, however, the facility had a history of poor inspections. The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills is not an FHCA member.

And Jeffrey Nova said he'd been calling the nursing home to check up on his mother, but received no answer.

The Florida Department of Health also rejected responsibility for the incident.

In Hollywood, the Rehabilitation Center said the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning. "They're too small", Trump said after the glove on his right hand ripped.

"They have to get punished for what they've done", Flora Mitchell, 61, of Dania, Florida, tells PEOPLE.

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As Mitchell waits for news about her sister's recovery, she says she is praying justice is served. She said her 58-year-old sister, who can't talk or walk, has been there 10 years. "This is a state that I know very well". "Nobody's telling us nothing".

Police found patients in "varying degrees of medical distress" at the 152-bed nursing home on Wednesday morning, with three already deceased. Before the day was over, eight residents lay dead.

"It's a sad event", Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez told a news conference.

A second call came an hour later - but by the third call for help, the facility raised eyebrows that the situation may become deadlier and deadlier as temperatures increased and the nursing home was left without adequate air conditioning.

He's hoping the complaint preserves evidence for all families affected.

Prior to the hurricane, Broward County did not list the nursing home as one of the top priority facilities for restoring power after the storm, the Washington Post reported.

Fort Myers sits north of where Hurricane Irma made landfall over the weekend, though the area did suffer some damage.

"Our centers' first priority is always the safety and well-being of every resident in their care and they are doing everything in their power to meet their immediate and ongoing needs", wrote the association's executive director, Kristen Knapp.

At least 32 people have died as a result of Irma in the U.S. There have been at least 43 deaths in the Caribbean.

Almost 2.7 million homes and businesses - about one in four buildings - are still without power in Florida. Trump said that "the individual rate coming down will be substantial for the middle class", adding those are the Americans he aims to "take care of". Under a previous owner, the place was found to have committed Medicare fraud and I think had to pay a fine.

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