Irma Storm claims six lives at care home


"As you know, our state has been devastated", said Scott, who thanked Team Trump for the federal response to the disaster. They do not, however, represent the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

"We love the people of Florida and they went through something that, I guess, the likes of which we could really say nobody's ever seen before", Trump said in Naples.

"Officers are on scene and continuing a criminal investigation", said City of Hollywood spokesperson Raelin Storey Thursday morning during a press conference.

During Hurricane Sandy our company is proud that we survived the month long storm and its after effects through providing support, resources, and operational management of our care centers which resulted in the safe health care of thousands of NJ seniors and their families that we are responsible for.

He said most of the patients admitted to hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration, and heat- related issues.

Memorial Healthcare Systems has established a hotline for families of the patients who were taken to its facilities for care. It continued making calls on Monday and Tuesday, including to the electric utility.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulates nursing homes, gives the Hollywood centre a below-average rating, two stars on its five-star scale.

"The initial investigation has determined that the facility's air conditioning system was not fully functional". The facility then took "meager measures" to control the temperatures in the building by placing "only a few portable air coolers" throughout the building's 81,000 square feet, according to the complaint. Nearly 5 million residents remain without power.

Facilities had been told to dial 911 if they believed anyone was at risk, the governor's statement said.

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Veroy's father had a 102-degree temperature, she said.

"I'm shocked and in horror like everybody else and wondering how this could have happened", he said from his Tampa law office.

Without central air conditioning, residents were kept in hallways near the cooling units.

The facility had not responded to requests for comment from Skilled Nursing News as of Wednesday afternoon. It has also led to almost 150 patients being taken to local hospitals. The state's regulations say that during the first three days after a widespread disaster, nursing homes must provide essential medications and oxygen for those who need them, enough food and water for residents and for the staff required to care for them and supplies needed to maintain hygiene in the premises. "They identified which facilities were to be critical, top infrastructure facilities", Mr Gould said.

At 4 a.m., firefighters were sent back to the facility to transport a patient reportedly experiencing breathing problems, police said.

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

"We've been calling and calling". The air conditioning was working when he left Tuesday night, he said, but when he returned Wednesday, it was not running.

According to the Mayor of Broward County, Barbara Sharief, three victims died at the nursing home in Hollywood, a city in Florida, and five died after having been taken to the hospital.

Standing before rescue helicopters and personnel at a hangar earlier in the day in Fort Myers, Fla., Trump also heaped praise on the state and local officials standing with him.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the deaths in Hollywood "an inexcusable tragedy" and demanded a federal investigation.