New Orleans nursing home owner appeals state decision to shut down seven facilities 

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The owner of seven nursing homes who evacuated more 843 residents to a warehouse during Hurricane Ida announced he would appeal the state's licensing revocations, according to BRProud.

In an Oct. 5 letter to the Louisiana Department of Health, Bob Dean said residents of his nursing homes faced "no cruelty or indifferences" as he appealed to have his nursing home licenses and Medicaid provider agreements reinstated. 

Family members and residents described inhumane living conditions at the warehouse, and the Louisiana Department of Health said 15 of the 843 evacuated residents died.

His attorney argued residents had ample space and supplies in the warehouse, but early onset of the hurricane caused problems. State officials initially approved of Mr. Dean's emergency evacuation plans and inspected the facility, but found protocols weren't being followed. 

Mr. Dean is facing at least 10 lawsuits, at least nine of which are from residents and one from a nurse, according to BRProud.

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