Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

14th death from nursing home hurricane blackout

14th death from nursing home hurricane blackout

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills filed the lawsuit September 19 and followed with the amended complaint Tuesday, contending that the state did not have adequate grounds to prevent the facility from operating. The couple had shared a room on the nursing home's second floor.

The Florida nursing home were 12 patients died during hurricane Irma is laying off its 245 employees. Four other residents who were evacuated died later.

Grossman said police are treating Franco's death as part of the criminal investigation.

State officials suspended their license after the evacuation, and owners eventually closed the facility permanently.

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Workers losing their jobs include occupational, speech and physical therapists, nurses and dietary aids. AHCA later halted Medicaid payments and finally pulled The Rehabilitation Center's license entirely.

Meanwhile Thursday, Scott released a statement calling on the state Constitution Revision Commission to consider proposals that could help protect residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

In its notification to the state, dated September 27, the Rehabilitation Center said it has closed permanently.

It said the center couldn't provide a 60-day notice letting workers know about layoffs because of "unforeseen business circumstances that occurred after the impact of Hurricane Irma". The industry trade group, the Florida Health Care Association, has pushed back on that requirement, saying it's impossible to meet the November deadline. The commission will put proposed constitutional amendments on the November 2018 ballot.

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