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Many Questions Remain as Investigators Examine Broward Nursing Home Deaths Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 25 September 2017 19:37
 
Police say a ninth person has died nearly a week after the evacuation of a Florida nursing home that Hurricane Irma left without air conditioning.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has been in business for over 30 years. It was acquired by Hollywood Property Investments in 2015 (an affiliate of South Miami-based Larkin Community Hospital). Jorge Carballo, MBA, NHA is the Administrator and the Director of Nursing is Maria Colon, RN, BSN. Attorney Gary Matzner is the facility's legal counsel. The facility is located directly across the street from Memorial Regional Hospital.

The Florida Department of Health stated, "The tragic and senseless loss at Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center is the subject of a criminal homicide investigation by law enforcement." The legal guardian of one resident is suing the facility for negligence and reckless indifference, claiming that Hollywood Hills didn't take the proper precautions to protect their most vulnerable patients. The public relations firm representing the hospital said that multiple calls and requests for assistance were placed to Florida emergency services and utility companies after the air conditioning and electrical supply were rendered inert by Irma. Florida officials have suspended the license of the nursing home. Home officials say they used coolers, fans, ice and other means to cool the patients. When FPL workers arrived at the nursing home after the patients died, it took them approximately 20 minutes to get the center's power back up and running.

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 October 2017 16:30
 


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