South Florida nursing homes found in compliance with emergency rule order

With the nursing home tragedy in Hollywood still unfolding, the state sent out a list of facilities accused of not complying with Gov. Rick Scott's new emergency generator rules.

But Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg discovered Thursday that the list is not accurate.

University Plaza in Miami has done everything by the governor's post-Hurricane Irma emergency rule, which is to have the ability to provide generator power for four days or submit documents to show the plan is in the works.

The mandate was issued to state nursing homes after overheated residents of the rehabilitation center of Hollywood Hills died in the days after Irma.

The list of nursing homes that were not in compliance with the order was sent to news organizations by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration. 

"It was very upsetting because we are in compliance," said Barbara Yanez-Artiles, of University Plaza Nursing home.  

The Riviera Health Resort in Coral Gables was also on the list, despite being in full compliance even before the governor's rules.

"When we talked to the association, they explained to us the homes that were on the list were those that did not file for a variance request," said Richard Stacey, of Riviera Health Resort.  

After a few visits, Milberg quickly realized that the list was significantly inaccurate. 

"Our generator runs the entire facility for over 200 hours," Yanez-Artiles said. 

Aside from two South Florida nursing homes in full compliance, one facility had been closed down long ago.

Hours after sending the list of 23 non-responsive nursing homes to news organizations to broadcast, the AHCA admitted to discrepancies statewide.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the list of Florida nursing homes out of compliance with the governor's orders dropped to just three -- the Coral Reef Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, the Oceanside Extended Care Center in Miami Beach and W. Frank Wells Nursing Home in Baker County.

Milberg went to the Oceanside Extended Care Center Thursday and discovered that it had been closed and vacant for about a year.  

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