Florida gov­er­nor im­poses new rules after nurs­ing home deaths

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida an­nounced new rules Satur­day re­quir­ing nurs­ing homes and as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the state to have gen­er­a­tors ca­pa­ble of main­tain­ing com­fort­able tem­per­a­tures for at least 96 hours in the event of a power loss.

The gov­er­nor’s an­nounce­ment came three days after eight res­i­dents of a nurs­ing home in Hol­ly­wood, Fla., the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter at Hol­ly­wood Hills, died when the home lost power to its cool­ing sys­tem in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Irma.

The pub­lic out­cry over the episode has in­ten­si­fied after the home said that its staff, or people call­ing on their be­half, had con­tacted the gov­er­nor him­self, as well as the power util­ity and sev­eral county and state agen­cies, to get the prob­lem re­solved, to lit­tle avail.

Un­der the new rules, all of the state’s as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties and nurs­ing homes will have 60 days to ob­tain what the gov­er­nor’s state­ment called “am­ple re­sources” that will “sus­tain op­er­a­tions and main­tain com­fort­able tem­per­a­tures” for at least four days after a power fail­ure.

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