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State investigations underway into deaths at Hollywood nursing home

State investigations underway into deaths at Hollywood nursing home

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is a 152-bed facility that provides short-term rehabilitative services and long-term care, according to its website.

"She's been to the hospital many times since she's been at that nursing home", Mitchell continues.

Governor Rick Scott has announced the Florida Department of Children of Families and the Agency for Health Care Administration have begun an investigation. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable".

The victims were found inside the centre which sits in a medical complex surrounded by a larger hospital. The hospital never reported losing power during the storm.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is not part of the Memorial Healthcare System. There's been a bankruptcy, a change of ownership and Medicare inspectors have given this place below-average ratings.

In the wake of the tragedy, scrutiny has also settled on the nursing home's owner, Dr. Jack Michel.

That 2006 case involved a $15.4 million settlement.

It was not clear whether the facility had a back-up generator of if there were other problems with the air conditioning. Sharief, the Broward County mayor, has said the number was closer to 45 per cent of traffic signals there.

Carvelli found staff members proactive after they evacuated his mother.

Flora Mitchell, a 61-year-old Hollywood resident, came down to the center to find her sister around noon Wednesday. Some are in critical condition, she said.

For much of the morning, Mitchell anxious her sister was among the deceased.

"I pray, I pray a lot, and I ask God to help me through it", she says. "Nobody's telling us nothing".

The police and fire departments were called to the nursing home around 4 a.m. Wednesday. One resident already was dead when police got a call about someone having a heart attack.

All 115 patients from the rehabilitation center were evacuated to hospitals, officials said.

The facility's administrator, Jorge Carballo, said in a statement that it was cooperating fully with authorities.

Residents at The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills fell ill after the air conditioning stopped working, reports the Miami Herald.

The Florida Health Care Association, a long-term care industry group, released a statement Wednesday morning framing the deaths within the context of Irma's brutal blow to the state.

So far, power has been restored to more than two million homes and business, but there is more to be done. "Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored".

The hospital has set up a hotline, 954-265-1074, so that families of nursing home residents can check on their loved ones.

A representative for Larkin Community Hospital Behavioral Health Services did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.


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