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Statement from FHCA on Broward Nursing Home Fatalities

September 14, 2017

“Florida’s long term care facilities and entire profession of caregivers join in expressing our deepest sorrow for the families of the residents who lost their lives earlier this week at one location. The investigation into this tragedy and the circumstances that may have contributed to it continues, and it would be inappropriate to comment on details until it concludes. However, it is clear that this is an isolated incident and is not representative of the larger long term care profession in Florida."

“Florida is a leader in long term care and the vast majority of facilities in our state uphold the highest standards for the residents under their care. Our centers’ top priority is always the safety and well-being of their residents, especially during the difficult situation a major hurricane creates. A natural disaster of this magnitude presents extreme challenges to every sector, especially those entrusted with the care of Florida's aging seniors. We continue to maintain close communications with local, state, and federal officials and the appropriate utility companies and aid organizations to ensure that power is restored to every facility in Florida as soon as possible. As of this afternoon, we can confirm that at least 56 of the state's 683 nursing facilities do not currently have full power services restored. We remain committed to providing vital support to meet the immediate needs of residents and staff until this crisis has passed."

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kristen Knapp, APR, CPRC, CAE
Director of Communications
Florida Health Care Association
850.510.4389 cell