State shuts down nursing home where 8 died

5 people dead, hundreds evacuated from nursing home in Hollywood. (CBS Newspath)

CBS 12's Greg Angel reports that the State of Florida has temporarily shut down the nursing home where eight people died.


A criminal investigation is underway after the deaths of eight people from a nursing home in Hollywood.

Police believe the deaths of Bobby Owens, 84, Manuel Mario Medieta, 96, Miguel Antonio Franco, 92, Estella Hendricks, 71, Gail Nova, 71, Carolyn Eatherly, 78, Betty Hibbard, 84, and Albertina Vega, 99 may be related to Hurricane Irma as the building may have lost power during the storm.

Authorities evacuated 115 patients from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, and 18 others from a behavioral wing near the hospital.

The call for emergency help came just after 4 a.m. after workers noticed some of the patients feeling "hot" to the touch.

Three people were found dead at the nursing home and three others died once they arrived to a local hospital, according to Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief.

The remaining patients are being taken to Memorial Hospital.

The building is sealed off for the investigation.

Police are sending officers to check on 42 assisted-living centers and nursing homes throughout the city.

A phone number has also been set up for family members who want to check on relatives at Memorial Hospital. The number is 954-265-1074.

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The health and welfare of our Signature HealthCARE residents is and always will be our top priority. Signature HealthCARE teams and leadership are in communication with local and state authorities to restore power to Signature HealthCARE of Palm Beach.
Until power is fully restored in this location, the building is being cooled with industrial fans and we have secured portable chillers. Additional ice and water also have been delivered.
Throughout the storm, Signature HealthCARE teams have worked tirelessly to serve the safety and health of our residents and to continuously provide up-to-date information to Signature HealthCARE families.

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