Tag: Irma

Florida Nursing Home Where 9 People Died During Irma Is Suspended

Florida Nursing Home Where 9 People Died During Irma Is Suspended

The Florida nursing home where nine residents died in sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma damaged the facility's air conditioning had its license permanently suspended Wednesday.In suspending the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills's operating license, state regulators cited a lack of timely medical care and trained staff to handle the situation as elderly residents languished in the heat after the storm moved on.The Hollywood Hills facility will now no longer be allowed to operate as a nursing home or admit patients, officials said."As more information has come to light on this egregious situation, this facility absolutely cannot continue to have access to patients," Justin Senior, secretary of the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), said in a statement. ...
This Florida County Used An Interpreter Who Signed "Gibberish" During Hurricane Irma

This Florida County Used An Interpreter Who Signed "Gibberish" During Hurricane Irma

People in Florida's Deaf community are still waiting for answers as to why Manatee County's emergency operations center used an interpreter who, instead of relaying important information about Hurricane Irma, signed "gibberish."While residents of Manatee County waited for information about evacuation plans and shelters on Sept. 8, a man in a yellow polo and red shorts, standing alongside emergency management officials, was instead signing about pizza, dogs, cats, bears, and monsters."It was awful," M. Charlene McCarthy, owner of Viscom, a company that provides interpreter services to companies and government agencies, told BuzzFeed News.Seconds after the county began to broadcast the meeting on its Facebook page, people began to comment that the man who was signing for county of...
Nursing Home Where 8 Residents Died After Irma Had Called Governor's Office For Help

Nursing Home Where 8 Residents Died After Irma Had Called Governor's Office For Help

Employees at the Florida nursing home where eight residents died in sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma called an emergency cell phone in the governor's office multiple times as the temperature inside the facility soared, officials said Friday.The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills claimed in a timeline provided to CBS Miami that staff members called Florida Power & Light and the governor's office multiple times starting on Sept. 10, but failed to receive help until three days later, when patients were already having medical emergencies.Natasha Anderson, an executive at Hollywood Hills, told the Washington Post she called the dedicated cell phone for the governor's office starting Monday night and was told that their case was being "escalated to the highest level," bu...
Nursing Home Horror After Irma

Nursing Home Horror After Irma

If there's one thing everyone in Florida is desperate for after Hurricane Irma, it's power – and not of the political kind.Floridians are desperate to run their air-conditioning units and recharge their cell phones. More than 4.3 million Floridians were still without power as of 9 p.m. Tuesday evening. Many streets do not have working traffic lights or street lights. Local Miami FM radio stations, such as 97.3, talk about how the "one thing" everyone wants is power.At the peak of the storm, around 15 million Floridians lost power. In Miami-Dade county, 596,900 households, making up 52% of the county, were without power as of Tuesday night. But how is everyone surviving without being able to just plug something in?Hialeah resident Al Sacerio, 63, finally used the generator he’d b
Here's What The Florida Keys Look Like In The Wake Of Irma

Here's What The Florida Keys Look Like In The Wake Of Irma

Officers and team leaders from the Florida Army National Guard's Delta Company, 1st Battallion, 124th Infantry, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct a pre-mission briefing before going on an overnight patrol in Key West, Florida, on Tuesday. Working in conjunction with the sheriff's department, the guardsmen traveled up and down the Keys all night to deter looting and to make safety checks on residents.