10th resident of Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning after Hurricane Irma dies

The 10th resident of a Florida nursing home that overheated after losing its air conditioning in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma died Wednesday, according to ABC News.

Police said Hollywood, Fla.-based Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills resident Martha Murray, 94, died Sept. 20. The exact cause of her death was not disclosed.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration suspended the nursing home's license the same day. The order prohibited the facility from operating as a nursing home or admitting patients, and terminated the facility from the Medicaid program.

More than 100 patients were evacuated from the facility Sept. 13 "due to prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane," a Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills administrator said in a statement last week, according to ABC News.

However, numerous reports surfaced indicating the facility failed to adequately prepare for the storm despite numerous warnings. State officials also penned legislation to change the way nursing facilities in the state operate as a result of the incidents.

In a second statement issued last week, the administrator said "the center and its medical and administrative staff diligently prepared" for the hurricane, and staff "took part in emergency management preparedness calls with local and state emergency officials, other nursing homes and health regulators."

The administrator also said the facility reached out to numerous organizations to resume power, including the power company responsible for providing electricity to the facility and local emergency officials and first responders, the report states.

 

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