Family of nurse killed in crash sues hospital

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The family of a Stonelick Township nurse killed in a car crash is suing the hospital where she worked, saying that stress and extra hours from short-staffing led to her death.

Beth Jasper was killed the morning of March 18 as she was driving a 2011 Honda Pilot home after a night shift eastbound on US 50 near Patterson Park at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati. Her SUV went airborne, hit a tree and landed in a parking lot. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beth was a nurse in the bone marrow transplant unit of Jewish Hospital and it was reported that she was "always" called into work because she was one of few who knew how to run a dialysis machine.

Her husband, James, told WCPO that on the day of her death, Beth spoke to her husband, discussing how she was stressed and hadn't eaten.

Paperwork from the lawsuit shows that due to a lack of registered nurses, they were regularly unable to take lunch breaks or to end their shifts on time.

The 38-year-old left behind her husband of nearly 14 years, James Jasper, a 6-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. 

They filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Thursday in Hamilton County court, seeking unspecified damages.

"Something needs to change. These [nurses] cannot be treated this way the patient care is an issue but they can't continue to work these nurses and expect them to pick up the slack because they don't want to staff the hospital," said Jasper.

A hospital spokeswoman released this statement Thursday: Our hearts go out to the family. We do not comment on pending litigation.

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