Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

5 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

5 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

Police said they got a call about patients in distress at the Hollywood Hills site at about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Trump planned to meet Republican Governor Rick Scott and first responders in Fort Myers and visit storm victims in Naples, said Deputy White House Homeland Security Adviser John Daly. In Florida, where Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is running for re-election next year, Trump has already encouraged Scott to challenge the incumbent.

Rescue teams and medical staff who helped evacuate residents from the nursing home this week said that the building was extremely hot, with staff trying to lower temperatures with portable fans. "We all have elderly people in facilities, and we all know we depend on those people in those facilities to care for a vulnerable elderly population".

"We are conducting a criminal investigation [and] not ruling anything out at this time", Sanchez said.

Their ages ranged from 71 to 99, according to police.

In a statement, Nursing Home Administrator Jorge Carballo insisted the facility was well prepared for the storm. Three other residents were later declared dead at nearby Memorial Regional Hospital. A "mission-critical" request to restore power was made to Florida Power & Light.

Wolf said the generator was never delivered to his home, however.

Parts of the US Virgin Islands also lay in Irma's path, though Trump does not now have plans to stop there.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood center a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale. Federal court records show the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami filed civil charges in 2004 against Dr. Jack Michel, several other individuals, and several businesses, including Larkin Health Systems. Sharief said she had asked the utility company to prioritize getting power back for assisted living, nursing home and senior care centers.

That 2006 case involved a $15.4 million settlement. The patient's body was instead turned over directly to a funeral home.

The president also told reporters that his priority remains on the middle class as the administration eyes tax reform on their to-do list of agenda setting measures.

He said most of the patients admitted to hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.

The Miami-Herald reports that a criminal investigation has been launched, and officers are being sent to check on the 42 other nursing homes in the area.

All 115 patients from the rehabilitation center were evacuated to hospitals, officials said.

Before the hurricane hit Florida, family members called the facility to find out about the plans for before and after the hurricane.

"When you think of the incredible power of that storm, and while people unfortunately passed, it was such a small number", Mr Trump said.

At least 36 people have died in the United States under Irma-related circumstances, the vast majority in Florida.

The shocking news that eight people who were residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., died at the facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma has sparked many questions about how such a thing could happen.

With all of Florida's major utility companies working overtime to restore power to millions of customers in the midst of one of the largest disaster blackouts in US history, the nursing home staff had to know that despite their requests, power wasn't likely to be restored immediately - especially given that hospitals and other critical infrastructure were higher on the priority list.

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