There is no rational explanation for residents at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills dying after being without air conditioning following Irma - and with the full-service Memorial Regional Hospital right across the street.
The problem was noted the following day by Broward County and by the nursing home administrator in a call to the state, but the state says there was no indication that conditions had become risky.
"With the stroke of a pen, AHCA has effectively shut down Hollywood Hills as a nursing home provider in Broward County", the complaint states.
A ninth person has died after a Florida nursing home lost air conditioning when a tree knocked out power to the facility during Hurricane Irma, exposing the home's residents to extreme temperatures, ABC News reported on Tuesday. "Call 911, call for help". They're calling for change in the industry. "The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills reported issues involving air conditioning but did not, at any time during the call, report or indicate that conditions had become unsafe or that the health and safety of their patients was at risk", Scott's office said.
This post has been updated with information about proposed state rules requiring generators at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Another voice mail was retrieved at 12:50 p.m., according to the governor's office timeline. However, state officials and local law enforcement dispute those claims. Once hospital staff realized something was amiss at the nursing home, they went into a mass casualty incident mode and began wheeling patients from the nursing home to the hospital on stretchers.
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.
Authorities shut down the nursing home September 13 after evacuating patients, and police immediately opened an investigation into the deaths.