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Florida suspends license of nursing home over Hurricane Irma deaths

9 patients died at South Florida facility

City officials and medical staff address the media outside of a rehabilitation center where patients were found dead Sept. 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Fla. The deaths may be due to to the lack of air conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10.
City officials and medical staff address the media outside of a rehabilitation center where patients were found dead Sept. 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Fla. The deaths may be due to to the lack of air conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 10. (Getty Images)


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Florida officials have suspended the license of a nursing home that had nine patients die after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning.

The Agency for Health Care Administration said Wednesday that it suspended the license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

The agency previously banned the facility from admitting new patients and from receiving Medicaid. The home filed a lawsuit trying to block those orders.

Eight patients died Sept. 13, three days after Irma hit South Florida and knocked out a transformer that powered the home's air conditioner. A ninth died Tuesday. The state said four of the deceased had body temperatures between 107 and 109 degrees.

Home officials say they used coolers, fans, ice and other means to cool the patients.

Home attorney Gary Matzner did not immediately to an email seeking comment on the suspension.