Woman who died in nursing home identified
The woman who died in a Providence nursing home during a recent heat wave has been identified as 90-year-old Marge McGill.
McGill died July 20 at Charlesgate Nursing Center. An administrator said the woman lived on the fourth floor, the only floor without air conditioning in all patient rooms. The outdoor temperature was 95 degrees. State health officials said McGill's body temperature was 107 degrees.
The victim's son, Patrick McGill, said his mother was quite healthy at the time she died.
Charlesgate resident Sandy Blose told NBC 10 she visited the fourth-floor of the building on the same day McGill was found unresponsive in her room.
"Yeah, it was unbelievable. Like an oven, that is the best way I can describe it," Blose said.
Charlesgate Nursing Center released a statement to NBC 10.
"We are continuing to cooperate with the Department of Health investigation regarding this sad incident. However, I want to assure you that Charlesgate was and is in compliance with all regulations related to keeping residents safe and cool," the statement said.