In the aftermath of the tragic nursing home deaths in Hollywood, Florida following Hurricane Irma, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency order requiring all Florida nursing homes to install generators within 60 days that could power air conditioning systems if utility power was lost.
The order had nursing homes scrambling to meet the new requirement under a timeframe that many experts have said will be very difficult to accomplish. The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), which represents Florida’s nursing homes, immediately began work helping its members understand the new requirement and the steps involved in complying.
A day-long series of panel discussions was quickly organized in Tallahassee by FHCA for September 22. FHCA asked Powered for Patients Project Director Eric Cote to join a panel discussion addressing the technical steps involved in expanding emergency power to accommodate air cooling systems. Participation in the FHCA panel led to Cote’s second trip to Florida in a single week to address Irma-related issues.
“I was pleased that the expertise of Powered for Patients on the topic of emergency power systems was helpful to Florida’s nursing home leaders as they work to meet the Governor’s emergency order,” said Cote.