Ninth patient in Florida nursing home impacted by Irma dies

Frederick Owens
September 21, 2017

Earlier this week, eight residents of a Hollywood nursing home died after the facility lost power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Carlos Canal, 94, passed away on Tuesday in the Rehabilitation Center at the Hollywood Hills facility due to unknown causes, according to a statement from the Hollywood Police Department. They also barred the facility from accepting more patients. "This facility is failing to take responsibility for the fact that they delayed calling 911 and made the decision to not evacuate their patients to one of the largest hospitals in Florida, which is directly across the street".

"Facility administration is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome".

Memorial Regional Hospital officials said 21 people from the facility are still in their care, and 14 people were admitted and are not in any condition to leave.

Home officials say they used coolers, fans, ice and other means to cool the patients.

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Scott's office said Sunday that 90% of all power outages in the state have been restored. "Call 911, call for help". However, state officials and local law enforcement dispute those claims.

The deaths of the nursing home residents in Hollywood are under criminal investigation.

The industry is raising concerns about implementing the governor's emergency rule that would take effect in less than 60 days and require the state's 685 nursing homes and 3,109 assisted living facilities to have a generator and fuel to keep their facilities reasonably cool for at least four days following a power outage.

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.

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