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17 September 2017, 02:30 | Opal Carroll
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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto said crews responded an unknown medical call Thursday night in Loxahatchee.
How hot did it get inside the nursing home? He declined to say whether the electricity was entirely out at the facility or if only the air conditioning was out.
The ex-husband of 71-year-old victim Gail Nova said her devastated family believes the facility should lose its license. "These kind of facilities should be regulated with a strong, tight rein. and it hasn't happened". The Broward County Medical Examiner announced the deaths of two more patients Wednesday afternoon. "We know that's an important issue for people".
"We are conducting a criminal investigation [and] not ruling anything out at this time", Sanchez said.
The five women and three men ranged in age from 70 to 99.
In a statement, Nursing Home Administrator Jorge Carballo insisted the facility was well prepared for the storm.
However, according to officials with Memorial Regional Hospital, some of the residents that were transferred there suffered respiratory distress, dehydration and other issues stemming from the heat.
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the deaths in Hollywood "an inexcusable tragedy" and demanded a federal investigation.
Parts of the US Virgin Islands also lay in Irma's path, though Trump does not now have plans to stop there.
WLRN says the Rehabilitation Center had a history of poor performance in state regulators' inspections. Federal court records show the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami filed civil charges in 2004 against Dr. Jack Michel, several other individuals, and several businesses, including Larkin Health Systems.
The 152-bed Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills provides short-term rehabilitation services and long-term care, according to their website.
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A total of eight others died in Georgia and the Carolinas. Sharief said she had asked the utility company to prioritize getting power back for assisted living, nursing home and senior care centers.
Before the hurricane hit Florida, family members called the facility to find out about the plans for before and after the hurricane.
Meanwhile, detectives were combing through the Hollywood facility where eight elderly residents died amid sweltering heat.
The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC.
At least 34 people have died in the US under Irma-related circumstances, the vast majority in Florida.
At 4 a.m., firefighters were sent back to the facility to transport a patient reportedly experiencing breathing problems, police said.
A criminal investigation by Broward County law enforcement in underway into the deaths at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, including whether they were heat-related or from carbon monoxide poisoning from generators. On Wednesday, the Florida Division of Emergency Management reportedmore than 8,000 residents and almost 4,000 more special needs patients were still in shelters across the state.
In the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators.
"In Tallahassee, we learned after Hurricane Hermine that communication is vital between first responders, government, and our most vulnerable populations", Gillum added.
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