Skilled Nursing Bulletins: Aftermath of Hollywood Deaths

News about the nursing home deaths in Hollywood, Fla. continues to unfold, with each day bringing more information about the scene inside the facility — and the longer-lasting impact that the tragedy at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills will have on the skilled nursing industry as whole.

The latest:

  • Industry leaders met at a summit in Tallahassee, Fla. last weekend, eventually agreeing that they can meet Gov. Rick Scott’s call to install generators at all SNFs in the state — but at a price, according to the Miami Herald. The bill will run $240 million, the Florida Health Care Association said, and industry groups hope to receive some state assistance to cover the cost.
  • Scott, a Republican, found himself in hot water over the weekend: Four messages left by Rehabilitation Center employees on his personal cell phone have been deleted, a local television reporter discovered. The governor had given out his number to nursing home and senior housing operators before Irma hit.
  • Another evacuated former resident of the facility, 94-year-old Alice Thomas, died on Saturday, bringing the overall death toll to 11.
  • The Rehabilitation Center’s ownership currently faces four lawsuits stemming from the deaths and injuries suffered after the storm.

Written by Alex Spanko

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Alex Spanko
Assistant Editor at Aging Media Network
Alex covers the skilled nursing and reverse mortgage industries for Aging Media. Outside of work, he reads nonfiction, yells at Mets games from his couch, and enjoys pretty much any type of whiskey or scotch — often all at once.

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