Bill Seeks Priority For Nursing Home Power Restoration

08 October, 2017, 23:13 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Florida

The state Agency for Health Care Administration acted after eight residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died September 13, three days after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's air conditioning.

Eight residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died September 13, and four more died later after the sweltering facility was evacuated.

Laid off were certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, occupational or physical therapists, registered nurses, doctors, environmental or laundry workers, administrative assistants "and others who worked in activities, dietary aid, engineering and supplies", the report said.

A Broward County nursing home has expanded a lawsuit challenging moves by Gov. Rick Scott's administration that effectively shut down the facility after residents died following Hurricane Irma. Eight had died before the home was evacuated, and four more since then. The nursing home told the state the layoffs happened September 20, the report said.

When the hurricane hit South Florida on September 10, one of the nursing home's transformers powering its cooling system went down. Hollywood police have begun a criminal investigation.

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Scott cited the 12 deaths after Hurricane Irma at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills. It filed an amended complaint this week that challenged a September 20 emergency order that suspended the facility's license.

The notice to the state was provided under the Worker Adjustment and Restraining Notification Act of 1988, which is created to protect workers and their families by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoffs.

But in the emergency order suspending the license, the state agency said nursing-home officials failed to properly evacuate residents when conditions became unsafe during the three days without air conditioning.

The Florida Health Care Association, however, says the deadline can not be reached, the Sun Sentinel reports.

On Wednesday, Scott called on the Constitution Revision Commission to propose new state constitutional amendments and is meeting this year, to address elder care.

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