Florida Senator Calls Nursing Home Deaths Inexcusable

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After eight South Florida nursing home residents died when Hurricane Irma knocked out their power, Gov. Rick Scott announced on Thursday night he had directed state officials to block the facility from receiving any further Medicaid payments.

Three of the victims were found dead at the facility, and the others died on the way to hospital.

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 17 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 17 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.

"The facility had some power, however the building's air conditioning system was not fully functional, said Raelin Storey, a spokesperson for the city of Hollywood".

"Our investigation has revealed that it was extremely hot on the second floor of the facility", said Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez.

Aerial footage showed patients sitting outside in wheelchairs and others being taken out of the facility on stretchers.

A Hollywood nursing home with a troubled history became a sweltering death trap Wednesday when a portable air cooler malfunctioned.

As much as 40 percent of Florida still lacked power Wednesday morning, with no definite timeframe when it might be restored.


The Florida Health Care Association, a long-term care industry group, released a statement Wednesday morning framing the deaths within the context of Irma's brutal blow to the state. "They're too small", Trump said after the glove on his right hand ripped. The facility kept calling Florida Power & Light.

Three of those who died were in their 90s, including 99-year-old Albertina Vega.

Another 18 patients in an adjacent behavioral health facility are also being evacuated, Story said.

Scott said he was directing state agencies to worth with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.

Police said a criminal investigation is underway and they are not ruling anything out.

Speaking to reporters in the city of Fort Myers on Florida's west coast after a briefing on recovery efforts, Trump lauded the authorities and residents for their preparedness.

Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday. "I used to be a nurse and I watched how they did things, and I knew they would mistreat her there".

"We need to make sure we're doing everything we can to keep our seniors safe during this hard time", he said.

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.

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