The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up an appeal by a Broward County nursing home whose license was revoked after residents died following Hurricane Irma.
As is common, justices did not explain their reasons for declining to hear the appeal by The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which contended that its due-process rights were violated. The nursing home filed a petition at the Supreme Court in June, after the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal turned down arguments that the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration improperly revoked the license.
Monday’s decision came more than three years after Hurricane Irma knocked out the air-conditioning system at the nursing home, leading to sweltering conditions in the subsequent days. Authorities attributed as many as 12 deaths to the conditions in the facility, with the deaths and a mass evacuation drawing national media attention.
Former Gov. Rick Scott’s administration rushed to take disciplinary action against the nursing home, including moving to revoke the license. The nursing home challenged the revocation, but Administrative Law Judge Mary Li Creasy backed the state’s decision after holding a hearing — and the 4th District Court of Appeal followed suit.
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