FLORIDA (WWSB) – Governor Rick Scott is working with others to help keep Floridians safe in health care facilities after the tragic deaths of eight people in a rehabilitation center.
Governor Scott said, “Assisted living facilities and nursing homes serve our elderly and Florida’s most vulnerable residents, and so many families rely on the health care professionals at these facilities to care for their loved ones. I am outraged over the deaths of eight Floridians at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Broward County and I am demanding answers as we furiously investigate this terrible loss of life.”
All assisted living facilities and nursing homes must obtain ample resources to sustain operations and comfortable temperatures for at least 96-hours following a power outage. This is based on standards already in place at all hospitals in Florida.
“During emergencies, health care facilities must be fully prepared to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of those in their care and there is absolutely no excuse not to protect life.”
If family members have concerns regarding their loved ones in these facilities, they can call the Agency for Health Care Administration’s Consumer Complaint Hotline at (888) 419-3456.
The state will continue to work aggressively to get people in safe places with electricity, food and water.