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Widower Sues Wife's Workplace After Crash
CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A Clermont County man is suing the hospital where his wife worked claiming a shortage of nurses led to her death.
Beth Jasper was a nurse at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood. She died in a crash in march. Local 12's Angenette Levy has more on the lawsuit and why Jasper's husband believes the hospital is to blame.
Beth Jasper's husband filed a lawsuit against Mercy Heatlh Partners which owns Jewish Hospital. Jim Jasper says when Mercy took over Jewish Hospital in 2011, the nurses workload increased significantly while the number of nurses working at the hospital decreased, leaving the nurses overworked.
Jim Jasper said, You know, it's my best friend. The mother of my two young children; it's just devastating."
Beth died on march 16th.
Beth Jasper was driving home from work on Route-50 in Stonelick Township when her SUV went off the road. State Troopers say the car hit a culvert, went airborne and hit a tree.
It's not known what caused her SUV to go off the road.
"They can speculate, we can speculate, all indications are she fell asleep. There are no skid marks, nothing like that."
Jasper has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jewish Hospital. The morning she died, Beth Jasper had worked a 12-hour shift at the hospital's highly specialized bone marrow transplant unit and stayed late to read a test. Jim Jasper says his wife was constantly stressed and exhausted due to a shortage of nurses.
Jasper says his wife was one of a few trained to operate a special dialysis machine.
She would usually pick up an extra 12-hour shift but her 12-hour shifts usually went to 13 or 14 hours just depending on what needed to be done."
Jim Jasper says his family will never be the same but he wants something good to come from his wife's death.
"Jewish needs a change and hospitals in general just need to change their staffing and the amount of stress they put on these nurses being short-staffed day in and day out over and over again."
Local 12 reached out to Mercy Health Partners for a comment. A spokesperson said, Our hearts go out to the family.
They would not comment on the lawsuit.
Beth Jasper was 38-years-old. She worked at Jewish Hospital for 13 years. Court dates have not yet been scheduled for the lawsuit.