Ninth nursing home resident dies after power outage

Elias Hubbard
September 21, 2017

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday accused Scott of a "failure to respond" to requests for help from the nursing home's administrators. Mendieta, 96, had multiple health conditions, but was alert and spoke in Spanish with his family when they visited, which was often, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Broward Circuit Court.

Michel wouldn't comment on the lawsuits.

Power went out for millions across Florida after Irma strafed the state with wind and rain, including at dozens of nursing homes.

For families, nursing home administrators and state and local officials charged with overseeing patient care, urgent questions remain about why the facility was unable to cool patients as temperatures climbed.

"FPL has a lot of responsibility here", Silva said.

The nursing home was evacuated and shut down on Wednesday, and the Hollywood Police Department as well as state agencies have launched probes into what happened. Eight of the residents died September 13, three days after the system went down.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to those who lost their loved ones", Robbins said in an email.

More than 100 residents were evacuated from the nursing home, which is affiliated with the Larkin Community Hospital, last Wednesday morning after the facility's air conditioning system failed.

The nursing home was required to have a permanently installed generator.

After Irma passed through Broward County on Sunday, Sept. 10, and knocked out the nursing home's air conditioning, an aide to the governor retrieved a voice mail message at 7:35 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11 from Natasha Anderson, the CEO of Larkin Community Hospital Behavioral Health Services, which is associated with the nursing home. A separate transformer, with no backup generator, supplied power to the central air conditioning.

After major storms like Irma, utility companies have a priority list for who gets power back.

In some other key areas, the nursing home's account was disputed by local officials.

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.

Scott's office Tuesday night released a timeline of events, while the lawsuit includes another timeline provided by the nursing home.

Scott released a statement Saturday criticizing the nursing home staff for waiting as long as they did to call 911, which he said "any health care provider knows to do, if their patients are in danger".

Police did not immediately release a cause of death, though Canal's daughter told the Miami Herald he died of pneumonia with a fever of 105 degrees.

Medical staff from Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, which is near the nursing home, described a chaotic scene of evacuating the patients from the nursing home after three came into the emergency room with "extraordinarily high temperatures".

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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