Nursing home left in lurch
OFFICIALS at the Florida nursing home where eight residents died in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma reportedly called Governor Rick Scott for assistance hours before the first death, but help never arrived.
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills rang the Governor three times using a phone number that he gave out to healthcare execs, according to a media report.
But instead of sending the “immediate assistance” they asked for, nursing home officials said they never heard back.
However, the Governor’s office claims this was not the case.
Meanwhile, a former staff member at the home said air-conditioning broke down “many, many times” during the three years she worked there.
Cristina Bichachi said the home’s owner Jack Michel never replaced the system.
Ms Bichachi, who quit over a year ago, said the AC often shut down for two or three days at a time, baking the air in the 152-bed facility.