12th resident of Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills dies

Dolores Biamonte, 57, becomes youngest victim of stifling nursing home to die


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A 12th resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has died, according to the Broward County medical examiner.

Hollywood police said Dolores Biamonte, 57, died Thursday.

Biamonte is the youngest resident to die after the air conditioning stopped working in the days after Hurricane Irma.

The Agency for Health Care Administration has suspended the license of the facility.

According to the suspension order, residents at the facility had body temperatures of more than 100 degrees when they arrived at Memorial Regional Hospital, across the street from the nursing home.

Justin Senior, secretary for the state agency, wrote in the order that the facility also made many "late entries" into patients' medical records, claiming that the entries were made "under dubious circumstances" hours after a nurse visited the patients.

Nursing home administrator Jorge Carballo blamed the incident on "a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility's air-conditioning system as a result of the hurricane."

Several lawsuits have been filed against the facility by relatives of the victims.

Margaret Stapleton, spokeswoman for the Broward County medical examiner's office, said the causes of all the deaths have yet to be determined.