Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Florida governor orders removal of nursing home from Medicaid after 8 died

Florida Keys, airports partially re-open after Irma rips through state The Latest: Mayor: 5 dead from nursing home that lost power
Nicole Thomas | 17 September, 2017, 07:00

Air conditioning broke down often at the Florida nursing home where eight elderly people died last week in the sweltering aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a former senior employee said.

The center said the hurricane knocked out a transformer that powered the air conditioning. And as many farmers and residents of Florida's rural counties wait for power to be restored, they will soon be inundated with mosquitoes because of water left behind by Irma, he noted. While Jose is not expected to make landfall, the storm will cause unsafe surf and rip currents along the N.C. coast through the weekend and early next week, emergency officials said. The facility called Scott's emergency number two more times, Defede said, as well as an emergency number in Tallahassee, and was repeatedly told that they were going to get help.

Near the point of despair, remembering to take her medicine or locating her cane are nearly insurmountable challenges.

CNN reached out to Florida Power & Light for its reaction to that statement and has not yet heard back.

State and local officials said the nursing home had contacted them, but did not request any help for medical needs or emergencies. Communication with the staff had always been like "pulling teeth", so it did not strike him as unusual that they had not been returning his calls since Sunday.

The ex-husband of 71-year-old victim Gail Nova said her devastated family believes the facility should lose its license.

"The staff has never been in any way disrespectful to me or my mom", he told CNN's Anderson Cooper. I wasn't there. I hope the truth comes out. This was at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, right?

"It's a sad state of affairs", the police chief said.

In a later statement, Carballo said, "The center and its medical and administrative staff diligently prepared" for the hurricane.

She said she had yet to see any state or federal agencies or utility companies working on the ground yet. Gould said the home was not listed as a "top tier critical infrastructure facility" by the county. I listened in yesterday on a phone call of a new grassroots group called the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. It comes after eight of the residents there died. They found three people dead and evacuated 145 people to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said. On Monday, FPL told the facility that it would be at there that morning, but later utility representatives said someone would come in the afternoon. "It was very hot on the second floor".

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but now the group has shifted its focus to checking on them and bringing supplies to their homes, said CEO Jacob Solomon. Another 18 patients in an adjacent behavioral health facility also were evacuated.

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"It set off a red flag that something might be going on", said Frum, who grabbed a colleague and hurried across the street.

Frum called her facility, Memorial Regional Hospital, to issue a mass casualty alert.

Betty Hibbard, 84, who later died, was alive but extremely uncomfortable on Tuesday when her friend Jean Johnson came to visit.

"She hadn't really died, but she was gone", said Johnson, who later got the call that her friend had passed away.

"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.

The report also states that with Hurricane Irma occurring in such close proximity to Hurricane Harvey, the demand for independent catastrophe claim adjusters has increased. "I don't know what to do". "If they find that this facility was not meeting the state's high standards of care, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law". The program provides health care for low-income individuals and families. There was some opposition from nursing homes and hospitals over the cost of some of those regulations.

The facility has had a spotty inspection record, earning a "below average" grade Medicare's nursing home rating system.

The incident raised concerns about the welfare of residents at other nursing centers.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration on Wednesday ordered the Rehabilitation Center officially closed to new admissions. In addition, there are more than 3,100 assisted living facilities with more than 99,000 beds.

An emergency cellphone assigned to the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott was called by nursing home officials at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills asking for assistance, the governor's office confirmed to ABC News Friday.

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