6 dead after AC issue that forced evacuation of Hollywood nursing home

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

"These kind of facilities should be regulated with a strong, tight rein. and it hasn't happened".

The nursing home's administration maintaining the hurricane knocked a transformer that powered the a/c system and that it's staff continually checked on the patients' well-being.

All 115 patients from the rehabilitation center were evacuated to hospitals, officials said. "We tried to get some last night".

A total of eight people died at the elderly home, prompting questions as to who was responsible for the deaths and how, exactly, the tragedy occurred. The were identified by the Broward County medical examiner as Gail Nova, 70; Estella Hendricks, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; Bobby Owens, 84; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; and Albertina Vega, 99.

The nursing home's other residents have been evacuated and the building has been sealed off. It has also led to almost 150 patients being taken to local hospitals.

"We are devastated by these losses", nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said in a statement, CNN reported.

On his first trip, he met with local and state authorities in Corpus Christi and Austin, but did not view damage or meet with victims. The officials of the fire department and doctors made a decision to transfer the patients who were suffering from respiratory diseases, dehydration and heat exhaustion from the hospital when they found the situation became unstable.

Across the peninsula in St. Petersburg, firefighters rescued two adults and two children from a burning, boarded-up home without power, local ABC affiliate WFLA reports.

SHAPIRO: That's NPR's Jon Hamilton speaking with us from Miami. Larkin Health Systems owns The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. The rest went to other hospitals nearby.

After the storm subsided and officials began inspecting the damage, they found three elderly residents dead at the facility on Wednesday. Most of the surviving patients "have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, and heat-related issues", Regional Memorial Hospital spokesman Randy Katz told reporters.

Police chief Tom Sanchez told media at a press conference that the state prosecutor and the agency that regulates nursing homes are both involved in the investigation. 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".

"You want to come back to power", he said.

Irma earlier left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, where almost 40 people were killed. Eight people are confirmed dead.

In Lee County, which includes Cape Coral and Fort Myers, the Florida Emergency Management Agency said 66 percent of the area's 290,000 electrical customers were still without power Wednesday. The number of people in shelters fell to under 13,000. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

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