Four nursing home residents die after being evacuated due to Hurricane Ida

Owner of these nursing homes in question has been the subject of numerous investigations by Kiran Chawla with his Iberville Parish nursing home.

The Louisiana Dept. of Health said in a news release that they have been alerted to four deaths of nursing home residents who were evacuated to a facility in Tangipahoa Parish during Hurricane Ida.

Unfiltered with Kiran has learned the owner/manager/member of many of the nursing homes in question that had evacuated their resident to Tangipahoa Parish is Bob Dean, the same Bob Dean who I investigated for the conditions at Iberville Oaks in Iberville Oaks. Iberville Oaks is a nursing home in Iberville Parish where former employees, current employees and even the Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi spoke out about the deplorable conditions for the residents.

Dean, who is no longer the owner of Iberville Oaks, refused to comment and never made himself available for interviews back then. When I showed up at his office several years ago regarding Iberville Oaks, his staff went and hid and did not return to the lobby until after I had left.

Now, the same Bob Dean is the owner of many of the nursing homes in question. A few of them did not come back with any business filings with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office, hence Unfiltered with Kiran is saying “many” nursing homes.

Sources have said the conditions at the building where four were found dead were deplorable, diapers and feces everywhere. The state has now removed all the residents from the building in Tangipahoa Parish.

The release from the state continues with the below:  

We have been alerted to four deaths among nursing home residents evacuated to a facility on Friday (Aug. 27) in Tangipahoa Parish ahead of Hurricane Ida. Three of these have been classified as storm-related by the coroner. Definitive causes of death have not yet been confirmed.

Upon hearing reports of deteriorating conditions at the facility after Hurricane Ida made landfall, LDH inspectors promptly visited the site but were expelled from the property and prevented from conducting a full assessment on Tuesday.

We have significant concerns about conditions in this facility. 

LDH has been working to find safe placements for all 843 patients starting with the most vulnerable. These nursing home residents were evacuated from the following 7 facilities:

  • ·   River Palms Nursing and Rehab, Orleans Parish
  • ·   South Lafourche Nursing and Rehab, Lafourche 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, Terrebonne Parish
  • ·   Maison DeVille Nursing Home of Harvey, Jefferson Parish

Unless under a mandatory evacuation order, nursing homes make the decision of when and where to evacuate. They must always provide safe conditions for their residents. 

Our top priority has been getting our vulnerable residents to immediate safety. In under 24 hours, as of 9:46 a.m., 721 residents have been rescued from the facility, and LDH continues to work with other state agencies and local officials to quickly place the others. Upon rescue 12 individuals were found to be in condition that required hospitalization.
This is a serious and active investigation. We will be taking action against these nursing facilities, and will be making appropriate referrals to law enforcement.The body content of your post goes here. To edit this text, click on it and delete this default text and start typing your own or paste your own from a different source.

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