Nursing home where 12 died after Irma shuts down

Broward Nursing Home Expands Lawsuit Against State

A 13th patient who lived at a Broward County nursing home that lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma has died.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills filed the lawsuit September 19 and followed with the amended complaint Tuesday, contending that the state did not have adequate grounds to prevent the facility from operating.

Cecilia and Miguel Antonio Franco died within a month of each other.

Nursing home residents were exposed to the heat after Hurricane Irma downed a tree that knocked out the transformer powering the air conditioning system. Cecilia Franco, one of the residents evacuated hours after residents began dying, was described by family lawyers as being in serious condition.

Eight residents would be dead by the end of the day, and four more would die in the weeks that followed.

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Grossman said police are treating Franco and Andrade's deaths as part of the criminal investigation.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, in a letter, notified the state that it let 245 employees go on September 20, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

The governor also said that in calls between nursing home administrators and state officials, the center's staff didn't indicate that anyone was in danger.

"The respondent's (nursing home's) deficient conduct is widespread and places all future residents at immediate threat to their health, safety and welfare", the order said. Last week, the facility let go of 245 workers, including doctors, nurses, therapists and others.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued emergency rules later that month.

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