More than 800 residents of seven southeastern Louisiana nursing homes had been brought to the warehouse in the town of Independence — roughly a 55-mile drive east of Baton Rouge — ahead of the storm.
“Let’s be clear; there is no emergency-preparedness plan that allows for residents to be kept in such an unsafe, unsanitary, and unhealthy condition,” Stephen Russo, director of legal, audit and regulatory affairs for the health department, said Tuesday. “The lack of adequate care for these residents is inhumane, and goes against the rules, regulations, and applicable statutes.”
By September 2, all residents were removed over concerns about conditions and were sent elsewhere, including to medical special needs shelters, officials said.
The seven facilities that had their licenses revoked cannot repatriate or admit residents, officials said. The homes also had their Medicaid provider agreements terminated, the health department said.
Nursing homes are in four parishes in southeastern Louisiana
The nursing homes whose licenses were revoked are, according to the health department:
• River Palms Nursing and Rehab, Orleans Parish
• Maison Orleans Healthcare Center, Orleans Parish
• Park Place Healthcare Nursing Home, Jefferson Parish
• West Jefferson Health Care Center, Jefferson Parish
• Maison Deville Nursing Home of Harvey, Jefferson Parish
• South Lafourche Nursing and Rehab, Lafourche Parish
• Maison De Ville Nursing Home, Terrebonne Parish
CNN has sought comment from the seven facilities but did not immediately receive a response.
A review of business licenses by CNN has found that Bob Dean Jr. of Baton Rouge is listed as an executive with all seven nursing facilities, in addition to the warehouse.
When questioned about the warehouse by CNN affiliate WVUE, Dean said that, “we only had five deaths within the six days and normally with 850 people, you’ll have a couple a day, so we did really good with taking care of people.”
Five of the seven deaths have been classified as storm-related, the state’s health department said in a recent news release.
CNN’s Paul P. Murphy and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.
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