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Admissions Ban On Florida Nursing Home Tied To Irma Deaths

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Florida health officials will not allow new patients to be admitted to an assisted living facility associated with a nursing home where a dozen residents died after the facility lost power in a hurricane.

The Agency for Health Care Administration banned Floridian Gardens Assisted Living Facility from taking new patients Friday, citing "an immediate serious danger to the public health, safety or welfare" at the Miami facility. The Miami Herald reports a survey uncovered at least two deaths and multiple falls due to "deficient practices."

The facility is owned by the same people that operated the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. Regulators tried to shut down Floridian Gardens after the Hollywood deaths. A criminal investigation is ongoing into the deaths at the Hollywood facility.

A telephone message could not be left Saturday and an email to the facility was not immediately returned.