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17 September 2017
Post Hurricane Irma-heat hurts Floridians without power

It didn't dawn on him that something could be terribly wrong.

The issue of nursing homes without electricity has drawn national attention since eight residents of a Broward County facility died Wednesday. He added that "I don't know what he's going to do".

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday night that he directed the Agency for Health Care Administration to terminate the centre as a provider for Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income individuals and families. "While our center did not lose power during the storm, it did lose one transformer that powers the air conditioning unit". Dozens of hospital workers prepared a command center outside the building and gave red wristbands to patients with critical, life-threatening conditions and yellow and green ones to those who were in better conditions.

She said she had yet to see any state or federal agencies or utility companies working on the ground yet.

"She said, 'It's very hot in here, ' and the staff said, 'Yes, it is, '" Dean said. She saw harried staff members trying to get patients into a room where fans were blowing. The facility then took "meager measures" to control the temperatures in the building by placing "only a few portable air coolers" throughout the building's 81,000 square feet, according to the complaint.

"CBS This Morning" called the nursing home multiple times for comment but got no answer. After the second call, fire officials called the state Department of Children and Families to report concerns about the facility. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

Four more died in hospitals after paramedics and emergency medical staff helped evacuate the sweltering facility.

The causes of the deaths for the residents, who ranged in ages from 71 to 99, are under investigation to see whether any of them were heat-related, said Raelin Storey, director of public affairs for the City of Hollywood. After additional crews arrived, three patients were found dead on the second floor of the nursing home, and several other patients were found to be in "varying degrees of medical distress", authorities said. The center immediately contacted Florida Power & Light and continued to follow up with them for status updates on when repairs would be made.

Stepped-up safety checks were conducted around the state after eight deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which shocked Florida's top leaders as they surveyed destruction from the punishing storm.

"We are devastated by these losses".

It's unclear when the facility first reached out to first responders.

Glendale Owens, the daughter of one of the men who died, said she last visited her father in the nursing home Monday and everything seemed fine. The nursing home has a poor history of inspection results and is affiliated with a South Miami hospital with a troubled past of its own.

Across the street from the stifling nursing home sat a fully air-conditioned hospital, Memorial Regional. Owner Ralph Marrinson said all five of his Florida facilities lost electricity after Irma.

"We took part in emergency management preparedness calls with local and state emergency officials, other nursing homes and health regulators", he said.

Police checked 42 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the city of Hollywood and, hours later, 79 residents from the Krystal Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Miami Beach were evacuated to another facility because of the heat.

Three days after Hurricane Irma hit Florida, the center still didn't have air conditioning, and it ultimately became the grimmest tragedy in a state already full of them.

About 150 of the Florida's almost 700 nursing facilities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Health Care Association, which represents majority.