Ninth nursing home resident dies after power outage

Pauline Gross
September 21, 2017

Emergency responders confirmed eight deaths last Wednesday at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, three days after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the facility's air conditioning system.

Facility staff began calling 911 on September 12, three days after Irma hit.

In this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 file photo, Janice Connelly of Hollywood, sets up a makeshift memorial in memory of the senior citizens who died in the heat at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Fla.

The deaths of the nursing home residents in Hollywood are under criminal investigation.

Earlier this week, eight residents of a Hollywood nursing home died after the facility lost power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. "Call 911, call for help". He said the utility followed its plan to restore power to facilities with the "critical infrastructure" designation first, and that "if you have a medical emergency, if you rely on electrically powered medical equipment, don't wait for your power to be restored".

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"This facility is failing to take responsibility for the fact that they delayed calling 911 and made the decision to not evacuate their patients to one of the largest hospitals in Florida, which is directly across the street", Scott said in a statement.

In November, a new federal rule will go into effect requiring nursing homes have "alternate sources of energy to maintain temperatures to protect resident health and safety".

The documents, including a web-based state complaint submission system, show the nursing home reported the loss of air conditioning but never indicated the issue was life threatening. Another voice mail was retrieved at 12:50 p.m., according to the governor's office timeline.

Smith, the nursing home's lawyer, wrote that staff members worked to find smaller cooling stations from nearby hospitals. The residents were evacuated the morning of September 13 only after the hospital staff investigated hours after the first resident was taken to the hospital. However, state officials and local law enforcement dispute those claims.

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