Officials said the executive action brings Florida's elderly care facilities up to the same standards as hospitals across the state, and will remain in place for 90 days while the state continues to recover from the devastating storm, which has still left nearly 975,000 customers without power.
Police were first called to the facility at about 4:30 a.m. but did not arrive until after 6 a.m., officials said. A person by the same name was among several people who were listed as current or former owners of a Miami hospital and who paid a $15.4 million settlement over an alleged scheme in which the hospital "paid kickbacks to physicians in return for patient admissions", according to the Department of Justice.
Police responded and made a decision to evacuate. When asked by emergency workers whether they had any medical needs or emergencies, center officials "did not request assistance or indicate any medical emergency existed", Sharief said.
Jorge Carballo, the nursing home's administrator, said in a previous statement that the facility and its staff had "diligently prepared for the impact of Hurricane Irma" and were fully cooperating with authorities.
There are some conflicting details about exactly how much power the building lost.
Early Wednesday morning, after responding to three calls about patients there in distress, firefighters went through the facility and found three people dead and evacuated more than 150 patients to hospitals, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said.
CNN reached out to Florida Power & Light for its reaction to that statement and has not yet heard back. About 2.6 million utility customers still were without power in the state Thursday morning, officials said.
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Eight residents died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma and the state governor vowed a full investigation Wednesday into what he called an "unfathomable" event.
Workers at the facility said Hurricane Irma caused the air conditioning to fail Sunday and they struggled to keep residents cool with fans, cold towels and ice.
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Florida.
Scott on Saturday ordered emergency rules requiring all assisted living facilities and nursing homes to obtain a generator within 60 days.
Sanchez said 115 people were evacuated to the Memorial Hospital system's North, South, and Pembroke Pines branches.
The nursing home also spoke to the emergency operations center in Tallahassee, which notified the nursing home that their FPL fix order would be "escalated". "Maybe it did maybe it didn't, we don't know yet", he said.
A phone number has been set up for family members to check on their loved ones: 954-265-1074.