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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:19 PM

Six dead at Hollywood nursing home where Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning

Source: Sun Sentinel

Six people died in a Hollywood, Florida, nursing home that had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said Wednesday three people died at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, whose manager, Jack Michel, was once accused of federal and state health care fraud charges, according to the Department of Justice.
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"We're conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here," said Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez, during a press conference Wednesday morning.
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Police said 115 seniors were evacuated from facility at 1200 N.E. 35 Ave. Not all of their conditions were known but city spokeswoman Raelin Storey said some of the evacuated patients were in respiratory distress.




Read more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/weather/hurricane/fl-sb-hurricane-irma-broward-wednesday-20170913-story.html

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Reply Six dead at Hollywood nursing home where Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Sep 13 OP
niyad Sep 13 #1
Honeycombe8 Sep 13 #2
Eugene Sep 13 #8
Honeycombe8 Sep 13 #10
procon Sep 13 #3
TexasBushwhacker Sep 13 #5
irisblue Sep 13 #4
FLPanhandle Sep 13 #6
RobinA Sep 14 #11
dalton99a Sep 13 #7
Eugene Sep 13 #9
Abouttime Sep 14 #12

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:22 PM

1. that is heartbreaking.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:33 PM

2. This shouldn't have happened. They should have a working huge generator, or several.

This is Florida, where hurricanes & power outages are to be expected. Damn.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 04:06 PM

8. The TV news says that facility was cited in 2016 for generator issues.

They could not document that they had adequate capacity for a facility of its size.

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Response to Eugene (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 04:10 PM

10. Well, there you go. Horrible. Just awful people to let that happen. nt

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:46 PM

3. Local sheriff just said this was now a criminal investigation.

Also looking at Medicare fraud, and Occupational Safety for the workers which is OSHA violations.

Owner of nursing home where 6 died has history of fraud allegations. Dr. Jack Michel settled health care fraud claims of $15.4 million in 2006.

https://www.local10.com/weather/hurricane-irma/owner-of-nursing-home-where-six-died-has-history-of-fraud-allegations

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Response to procon (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:29 PM

5. He needs to go to jail n/t

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:56 PM

4. did the owners of that senior home learn nothing from Katrina?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:47 PM

6. Modern buildings in Florida are deathtraps without continuous A/C

Back in the days before A/C, people down here built with high ceilings, large opening windows, opening double doors for cross ventilation, ceiling fans, covered porches to sit on.

Modern buildings are low squat things with sealed windows, no airflow, no covered porches so the sun hits the windows directly, basically death traps in the Florida heat.

Maybe they should go back to the old construction techniques.

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Response to FLPanhandle (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 06:56 AM

11. Yeah, This

Not just Florida. We build like electricity is a given and it isn't. Buildings that become furnaces without AC, buildings that must be artificially lit at all times of day. Total reliance on the always fickle computer/Internet/network system. The ways a computer network can fail are legion, including bottom line interruption of power supply. Same with the increasing migration away from landline phones. "Oh, that cell tower will always be there, what could go wrong?" And yes, I know landline can go down. I favor having both landline and cell, but in my experience, cell goes before landline. One of these days...

Aside from that, I work in a hospital that can be run completely on generator power, so it is possible. But yeah, generators to require some upkeep from somebody who knows what they are doing, a person who would have to be paid, so there's that. This country is going to cheap itself to death.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 09:08 AM

12. Trump said he'd be good for the bottom line

No surprise that this happens under the watch of the Donald the Orange.

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