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Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald

On this Thursday, May 28, episode of Sundial:

Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Visits Keys Nursing Home

Last week, U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell visited a nursing home in the Keys where COVID-19 is spreading amongst patients and employees, and where a series of deaths were reported and linked to the virus.

MATIAS J. OCNER / Miami Herald

Deaths at long-term care facilities account for more than a quarter of the more than 1,000 people in Florida who have died from COVID-19. After weeks of increasing pressure, the governor released the names of the facilities with reported cases of COVID-19.


But that list contained incorrect and, some have said, incomplete information. The number of current cases, the status of those infections, and the number of fatalities at specific homes remain unknown. 

Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

More than two years after elderly residents died following Hurricane Irma, an appeals court next week will take up a battle about whether the state should have revoked the license of a Broward County nursing home.

Florida's Nursing Homes Grapple With Generator Requirement

Dec 5, 2019

Time is ticking for the state’s long-term care providers to comply with a requirement to have backup generators and fuel or face fines or even the possible revocation of their licenses.

Nearly 100 nursing homes and assisted living facilities were evacuated along Florida's East Coast ahead of Hurricane Dorian.


Four healthcare workers who police say “didn’t do enough” to care for patients after Hurricane Irma caused a Hollywood nursing home to lose power leading to the deaths of 12 people were formally charged Monday in connection with nine of the deaths, the Broward State Attorney’s Office announced.

The four former employees of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills who were charged were: Jorge Carballo, the facility’s administrator; Sergo Colin, a night shift nursing supervisor; Althia Meggie, a registered nurse; and Tamika Miller, a licensed practical nurse.

Hurricane Dorian
National Hurricane Center / WLRN

Hurricane Dorian has been getting stronger, slowing down, and it’s predicted path has been drifting, putting central, and potentially south Florida, increasingly at risk. 

The 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Dorian has curved slightly north. The hurricane has strengthened into a Category 3 storm. It’s expected to bring lots of rain and storm surge, in addition to the wind. 


In hurricane-prone Florida, a state mandate requires all nursing homes and assisted living facilities to have backup generators or power sources for air conditioning. But as strengthening Hurricane Dorian approaches landfall, nearly 60% of the state’s nursing homes have not installed equipment in line with those new regulations, according to data maintained by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Hollywood Hills
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Law enforcement, victims families and nursing home employees in Hollywood are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma nearly two years after the storm. 

Three people turned themselves in to police Monday to face criminal charges in connection with the deaths of a dozen patients at a South Florida rehabilitation facility days after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

A fourth person was arrested by authorities in Miami-Dade County.

Those charged all worked at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills when the storm knocked out a transformer that supplied power to the facility's air conditioning system.

South Florida Court Rejects Arbitration In Nursing Home Death

Aug 1, 2019

In a ruling focused on the role of health-care surrogates, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday rejected a nursing home’s argument that a lawsuit stemming from a patient’s death should be resolved in arbitration. 

Frederica Wilson
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

When Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida nearly two years ago, it knocked out power across the region — in some areas for up to 10 days. A dozen people in the Rehabilitation Center At Hollywood Hills died after the storm, due to heat-related issues from lack of air-conditioning.

Nursing Home Where 12 Died After Hurricane Irma Loses Its License

Jan 7, 2019
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

Moving forward with an administrative law judge’s recommendation, the state Agency for Health Care Administration has issued a final order to revoke the license of a Broward County nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The agency issued the 17-page order on Friday, Jan. 4  against The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Gov. Rick Scott’s administration in 2017 moved to revoke the license, but the nursing home challenged the decision in the state Division of Administrative Hearings.

Court Backs Moves To Shutter Nursing Home After Deaths

Jun 21, 2018

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld moves by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to shut down a Broward County nursing home that drew nationwide attention last year after the deaths of residents following Hurricane Irma.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida will now be required to have power generators under new rules signed by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

The rules require senior living facilities to install generators and fuel to power air-conditioning systems. Lawmakers passed the legislation after 12 residents of a Hollywood nursing home died during power outages in the days after Hurricane Irma passed over South Florida.

Facilities have until July 1 to comply.