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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
 
9th person dead in Florida nursing home where Irma knocked out power Print E-mail
Written by CBS/AP   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

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. Hollywood Police Department spokesman Miranda Grossman says in a news release that a 93-year-old man who had been a patient at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died. The person died on Tuesday, Sept. 19, the police department said.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:49
 
CBO Report: Trump Administration Undermining ACA Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 18 September 2017 17:18
 
Sam Petulla reports in a September 15, 2017 CNN post

Having failed to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump has said his strategy would be to let the health law "implode."
 
According the author:
 
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report Thursday <9/14/17> that predicts Trump administration policies on Obamacare could help it on its way by leading to rising premiums and decreased enrollment in individual insurance markets over the next year.  

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 September 2017 17:16
 
At least 5 dead in Florida nursing home left with no A/C after Irma Print E-mail
Written by Michael Nedelman | CNN   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00
 
At least five people have died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed Wednesday morning.
 
The deaths may be due to the loss of the home's air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck Sunday, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday. The causes of death are still being investigated.
 
"We are conducting a criminal investigation (and) not ruling anything out at this time," Sanchez said.
 
Three died at the nursing home, and two others died after being transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, Sharief said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 September 2017 11:26
 
'Nuclear' hurricane strikes FL Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

Hurricane Irma devastated the entire Florida peninsula. After flirting with the Cuban coast, the powerful Category 4 storm struck the Florida Keys Sunday morning. It made a second landfall at Marco Island (as a category 3) and tore up the west side of the peninsula. As bad as it was, it could have been a lot worse. The lengthy tango with Cuba combined with some unanticipated wind shear weakened the storm. Despite the westward track, South Florida and the entire east cost of the state suffered extensive wind damage and storm surge. The storm passed east of Tampa sparing that city a catastrophic hit. The worst hit areas in the Keys and SW Florida will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
 
As the storm approached Thursday, the bullseye was squarely on S. Florida. After a spirited debate, the FHIcommunications team decided to re-locate to Sarasota. After two nervous days there listening to revised forecasts predicting a west coat hit, the FHI team evacuated again to Daytona. In the end, there was no way to outrun the storm!
 
Today in Daytona there is no power, no gasoline and as I complete this post Monday afternoon, the power on my iPhone is critically low. We are ok though. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow Floridians as we start the recovery. 
 
Last Updated on Monday, 18 September 2017 17:09
 
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