Gov. Scott Doesn't Answer Why Nursing Home Voicemails Were Deleted

Gov. Scott Doesn't Answer Why Nursing Home Voicemails Were Deleted

Gov. Scott Doesn't Answer Why Nursing Home Voicemails Were Deleted

Eight residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died on September 13, three days after Irma first hit the state, knocking out power to 6.7 million homes and businesses.

Scott said, though, that no one at the nursing home suggested there was a crisis situation with patients there, the television station reported.

CBS Miami reported that the messages were left during the 36 hours before the first patient died.

A spokeswoman for the governor said that the voicemails "were not retained because the information from each voicemail was collected by the governor's staff and given to the proper agency for handling". "Every call was returned", said Lauren Schenone, a spokeswoman for Scott.

"The Governor receives hundreds of voicemails and once acted upon, they are deleted so the voicemail box does not become full, as is the standard practice with anyone operating a cellphone".

He also did not say if the voicemails were deleted before or after people started dying at the home where frail patients baked to death.

State guidelines for retaining public records say that most phone messages are considered "transitory messages" that should be preserved until they are "obsolete, superseded, or administrative value is lost".

"The whole point of our records laws is to allow us to oversee our governor and hold him accountable", said Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation.

"I don't think he did anything illegal and I'm not saying the governor is at all culpable in this mess". "Why not just keep them?" The newspaper stated that Scott had given out his phone number to nursing homes and assisted living facilities before Irma hit to report concerns.

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Irma passed through Broward County on Sunday, Sept. 10.

State officials say temperatures inside the nursing home reached 109 degrees after power to the air conditioning units were knocked out, which was the impetus for numerous deaths.

"No amount of finger pointing by the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Facility ... will hide the fact that this healthcare facility failed to do their basic duty to protect life", Scott said in a prepared statement released last week.

Anderson made three additional calls to Scott's cellphone on September 12. Another voice mail was retrieved at 12:50 p.m., according to the governor's office timeline.

According to reports, at least four messages from the Rehabilitation Center were received by the governor's phone and deleted.

After repeated calls to FPL, the nursing home made a call to Governor Scott's cellphone on September 11, which went straight to voicemail. Another AHCA official called Anderson at 4:41 p.m.

The lawsuit is the fourth brought against the nursing home.

On September 11, between 3am and 6am, five patients at the nursing home died.

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