6 dead FL nursing home that lost power during Irma

Pauline Gross
September 16, 2017

After whipping by the disaster of storm-force tropical winds and Hurricane Irma, many locations in the South Florida including the nursing home have been residing there without a power supply. Between 2,000 and 3,000 utility workers from out-of-state are staying at BB&T Stadium in Broward County, which is home to the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers, said Beyersdorf. Another resident died later in hospital, officials said.

The deaths may be due to the loss of the home's air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck Sunday, according to CNN affiliate WPLG.

"It took a week for Matthew", Jensen said, referring to a hurricane that past year did not make landfall in Florida but caused power outages. Last month, Hurricane Harvey devastated much of coastal Texas and killed more than 70 people.

Police opened a criminal investigation at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, north of Miami, where three elderly residents were found dead at the facility and three later died at a nearby hospital, officials said.

The center did not lose power during the storm, but it lost a transformer that powers the air conditioning, nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo said in a statement late Wednesday.

Three residents at the facility were found dead and five others died at the hospital.

A criminal investigation has been launched into deaths of Bobby Owens, 84; Manuel Mario Medieta, 96; Miguel Antonio Franco, 92; Estella Hendricks, 71; Gail Nova, 71; Carolyn Eatherly, 78; Betty Hibbard, 84; and Albertina Vega, 99.

Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from the facility at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Hollywood Police Department spokesperson.

Gould said FPL met with Broward County officials in March before the storm season to discuss what facilities would be prioritized for power restoration this year.

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Across Florida, powerless residents are forced to deal with spoiled food in warm refrigerators, cellphones losing battery and service, and high temperatures increasing risk of heatstroke for the young and old.

Sanchez said he sent officers to all 42 nursing homes in the area Wednesday.

"Based on observation and interview, it was determined that the facility failed to handle, store, process, and transport linens so as to prevent the spread of infection", one part of the report said. As of 2016, Florida had about 680 nursing homes. The feds alleged those patients came from assisted living facilities owned by Michel and other physicians.

The association said it was working with officials to prioritise "the locations with the greatest need". Florida is the U.S. state with the largest proportion of elderly residents, spread among almost 700 retirement homes.

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More than half of a large retirement community in Pembroke Pines, Florida, remains without power after Hurricane Irma, leaving senior citizens trapped in apartments without access to elevators.

Cape Coral Shores kept 20 elderly patients during the storm because local emergency shelters had been evacuated as Irma bore down on the coast.

Irma killed at least 31 people in Florida, plus seven more in Georgia and SC combined, authorities said.

Florida residents are counting the cost of Irma's destruction.

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