Florida nursing home where deaths occurred was not on priority list - FLP

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Officials said 115 patients were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday are in the process of evacuating another 18 patients from a nearby behavioral facility next door.

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 14 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm had passed.

"I don't know that there is a flawless way", she said.

Larkin Community Hospital, which is adjacent to the retirement home, was also being evacuated.

Most homes in the Keys have no power and there is practically no cell phone service or internet.

Her daughter Madeleine Alvarez said they ultimately heeded firefighters' isntructions, despite doctors warning of her mother's fragile state.

"If they find that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law", Scott said.

Florida Health Care Association spokesperson Kristen Knapp said 168 nursing homes in the state lost power from the storm and were using backup generators to provide electricity to the facilities.

Police say rescue crews were called to the nursing home just after 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The new rule would allow nursing homes to require that residents agree to arbitration in lieu of a dispute in court, a process that is argued to be more efficient, but also tends to be less favorable for the plaintiff and reward far less in compensation.

The number of deaths blamed on Irma in Florida climbed to 13 with the carbon monoxide deaths, in addition to four in SC and two in Georgia. Officials with Memorial Regional Hospital said the patients were treated for respiratory distress and heat-related issues, including dehydration.

Aside from the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida were killed in Irma-related circumstances, in some cases during the cleanup, well after the storm.

"There's nothing we can do", he said.

Florida governor Rick Scott said the state's top priorities are getting fuel delivered to gas stations and turning the power back on for those affected.

Through a representative, Carballo told the SunSentinel newspaper that the home has a back-up generator but that it does not power the air conditioning.

In other tragic news out of Florida this morning directly tied to Irma, three have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning. But she said when factors are constantly changing, it's impossible to have a plan that addresses every variable.

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