GOP senator apologizes for his cold remarks on Florida nursing home deaths

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

During Hurricane Irma, the facility lost power - setting into motion a chain of events that led to seemingly avoidable casualties, when the nursing home operators failed to evacuate patients to a nearby hospital.

In the weeks since the storm, 14 patients have died, and many of those deaths can be attributed to the power loss in Irma.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a statement that the facility will be terminated Friday "due to their failure to meet Medicare's basic health and safety requirements".

Calling the home "devastated by the lives lost", Hollywood Hills asked a judge in Tallahassee to prevent state health regulators from going forward with a halt to all new admissions, and a suspension of the rehab center's Medicaid reimbursement.

"In the wake of Hurricane Irma, 14 residents of a single nursing facility in Hollywood, Florida, passed away". Eventually everyone who was in that nursing home will die. Their deaths are under criminal investigation by the Hollywood Police Department.

Rubio went on to note issues in previous inspections by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

Scott had ordered emergency rules for nursing homes and assisted living facilities to install generators within 60 days.

A hearing on the nursing home's request for an injunction is scheduled for November. On Sept. 27, the Rehabilitation Center reported to state officials that it had laid off 245 employees, including nurses and other caretakers.

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