The 34-second recording shows a couple in a room at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, with a fan sitting on a nightstand, blowing air across the room and a window cracked open slightly.
The woman with the camera then goes out into the hallway, where a naked woman who appears to be sleeping or unconscious is slouched on a gurney. But he said that a transformer powering the site’s air conditioning “went down” and that management immediately contacted Florida Power & Light, the local electric utility, along with emergency officials.
Craig said nursing home staff had assured her before the storm that they were prepared to shelter residents safely through the hurricane and were equipped with generators, food and other necessary supplies. “I will say they’re way ahead of schedule”, Mr. Trump said of the company.
“In fact, on Monday, September 11, Department of Health staff advised this facility to call 911 if they had any reason to believe that their patients were not safe”. First responders evacuated 115 survivors at The Rehabilitation Center to nearby hospitals, including one across the street.
“It is clear that this facility can not be responsible for Florida’s vulnerable patients, and therefore the State will stop them from providing care”, Scott said in a news release.
Police, assisted in their investigation by state and federal regulators, have said little about circumstances leading to the deaths of the patients, who ranged in age from 71 to 99.
“The loss of these individuals is a profound tragedy”, said a statement by the Florida Health Care Association, which represents 81% of Florida’s nursing centers.
Governor Rick Scott is demanding answers on the fatalities.
Hill and Knowlton Strategies, a public relations firm representing the nursing home told ABC News, “It would be inappropriate to discuss a pending suit. Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored”. More than 150 people were evacuated, many suffering from respiratory issues, dehydration and heat-related problems, according to Memorial Regional Hospital spokesman Randy Katz.
A new video shows the conditions inside of a Hollywood nursing home that was closed after the deaths of eight patients.
“The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation inside”, Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez told reporters on Wednesday. Gail Coleman, who runs Gail’s Assisted Living Facility in Tampa, said that they were “a good idea” and that she planned to buy a generator.
The physician listed in state records as the nursing home’s manager, Dr. Jack Michel, was accused by state and federal regulators in 2004 of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.
“If they find out that anyone wasn’t acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law”, Scott said in a statement. “There are not as many beds and facilities available as there are people with needs”. But she said when factors are constantly changing, it’s impossible to have a plan that addresses every variable.