5 JPS hospital elevators to be upgraded by January, including one that crushed nurse

5 JPS hospital elevators to be upgraded by January, including one that crushed nurse

BY NICHOLE MANNAJULY 31, 2019 10:00 AM, UPDATED 5 HOURS 54 MINUTES AGO

How the JPS elevator accident happened

Robert Earley, President and CEO, JPS Health Network explains how nurse Carren Stratford, a nurse was seriously hurt in an elevator accident during a press conference at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth, TX, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. BY MAX FAULKNERUP NEXT×How the JPS elevator accident happened

The John Peter Smith Hospital elevator that malfunctioned in January, leading to a nurse being seriously injured, will begin being refurbished next month.

Carren Stratford was injured on Jan. 20 as she tried to get into elevator No. 29 at JPS. As Stratford placed her right foot on the elevator and stepped into it, the elevator continued to rise. She lost her balance and the elevator continued going up. She was crushed between the 10th and 11th floors, officials said.

Since then, the Star-Telegram found that elevators at JPS malfunctioned at a rate of at least once a day in the year leading up to Stratford’s injury. The newspaper also found that in 2017, elevator consulting firm Lerch Bates told JPS that elevator no. 29 needed updates to nearly every part.

The hospital instead updated two other elevators. A representative said it was because the other elevators were used more frequently.

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