13th patient from sweltering Florida nursing home dies

10 October, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Nursing Home Where 12 Patients Died Lays Off 245 Employees

The deaths are part of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Hollywood, Florida police department.

Two more patients who lived inside a stifling Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma have died, bringing the total to 14, authorities said Monday. Four more died after the sweltering facility was evacuated.

Investigators are seen on September 13, 2017, at a Florida nursing home where multiple people died during Hurricane Irma.

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Franco lived only 26 days after her husband of 61 years, Miguel Antonio Franco, died along with seven other residents in the first run of deaths. Hours earlier, Grossmah had reported the 13th fatality, identifying her as 90-year-old Cecilia Franco.

The rehabilitation center at Hollywood Hills informed state officials that the facility is closing its doors.

No one has been charged.

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Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told The Associated Press on Monday that Cecilia Franco has died from ailments suffered when the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power September 10 during the hurricane's passage.

The nursing home's license was revoked the same day by the state Agency for Health Care Administration, which cited several residents' deaths from respiratory or cardiac distress and administrators' efforts to revise patients' medical records after the fact.

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.

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