Workers Laid Off at Now-Closed Florida Nursing Home Where 12 Died

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08 October, 2017

Following a moratorium on future admissions on the facility imposed by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the nursing home laid off 79 certified nursing assistants, 37 licensed practical nurses, 23 occupational or physical therapists, 18 registered nurses and five doctors, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Both the Hollywood police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating the deaths as part of a criminal investigation. Eight had died before the home was evacuated, and four more since then.

The layoffs come as the nursing home is under investigation by Broward County and state officials. AHCA later halted Medicaid payments and finally pulled The Rehabilitation Center's license entirely.

The nursing home educated state authorities in a letter dated September 27 that the office had shut seven days sooner and its workers were out of occupations. State officials later suspended their license, and owners eventually closed the facility permanently.

"A 60-day notice couldn't be given because of unanticipated business conditions that happened after the effect of tropical storm Irma", the letter said.

The notice to the state was provided under the Worker Adjustment and Restraining Notification Act of 1988, which is created to protect workers and their families by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoffs.

Harrison's bill, which is filed for the 2018 legislative session, would require a state comprehensive emergency-management plan to include guidelines for restoring electrical service with "prioritization of critical end-use facilities", including hospitals and nursing homes.


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