13th person from Hollywood nursing home dies, lawyer says


Franco's death follows the death of her 93-year-old husband, Miguel, who was also a patient at the nursing home.

A Florida nursing home that was shut down after 12 residents died following Hurricane Irma has laid off its workers.

On Sept. 13, eight residents died and other residents were evacuated from the facility.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration acted after eight residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died September 13, three days after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility's air conditioning.

Four more people later died, and the Hollywood Police Department has launched a criminal investigation into the deaths.

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The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills filed a lawsuit last month in Leon County circuit court challenging September 13 and September 14 state orders that placed a moratorium on patient admissions and suspended the facility from the Medicaid program.

The state had closed down the home after 12 elderly residents died after Hurricane Irma.

Laid off were certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, occupational or physical therapists, registered nurses, doctors, environmental or laundry workers, administrative assistants "and others who worked in activities, dietary aid, engineering and supplies", the report said.

"This facility is failing to take responsibility for the fact that they delayed calling 911 and made the decision not to evacuate their patients to one of the largest hospitals in Florida, which is directly across the street", Scott said in a statement last month.