Tenth Patient From Hollywood Nursing Home Dies

A tenth patient from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has died, according to Hollywood police.

Officials said 94-year-old Martha Murray died on Wednesday. Officials said her death was related to the problems at the facility following Irma.

The Agency for Health Care Administration announced Wednesday that it issued an emergency suspension order on the license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. 

According to the 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.

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

The first eight patients from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died Sept. 13, three days after Irma struck. The ninth died Tuesday.

Following the deaths of those patients, Gov. Rick Scott demanded answers -- putting the onus on the nursing home.

“No amount of finger pointing by the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Facility and Larkin Community Hospital Behavioral Health Services will hide the fact that this healthcare facility failed to do their basic duty to protect life,” Scott said in an emailed statement. “This facility is failing to take responsibility for the fact that they delayed calling 911 and made the decision to not evacuate their patients to one of the largest hospitals in Florida, which is directly across the street.”

“The more we learn about this, the more concerning this tragedy is,” he said.

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