"We will use this experience to make a difference"

As Janice Stinson laid in her hospital bed, uncomfortable and struggling to speak, the physician abruptly turned on his heels, shook his head in frustration, and left the room muttering to himself,

“I can’t understand her.”  

And he was right. He couldn’t understand her words, nor could he predict her experience.

Like many patients, Janice was weak and fearful. She was dealing with the aftermath of a stroke, in an unfamiliar environment, dependent upon assistance for nearly everything, including transfer.

Each time she was moved by hospital staff, it was a jolting, painful, and frightening event. Without mechanical equipment to lift her safely, Janice was unsafe, unstable, and rightfully afraid.

On March 22, 2018, during yet another dangerous transfer, Janice lost her footing, and came crashing to the floor. While her legs tumbled beneath her, hospital staff grabbed for her arms, pinning them down as she continued to struggle.

Now dangling from the bed and in a great deal of pain, Janice had suffered a fall that would ultimately cost her life. Days later, with her husband and children by her side, Janice passed away.

In her final moments, her son, Mark, made her a promise, “We will use this experience to make a difference.” And make a difference, he has.

As the President & CEO of Barrier Free Access, Mark Stinson leads a safe patient handling company committed to fulfilling that very special promise.

Barrier Free Access proudly offers state-of-the-art equipment and expert consultation to help hospitals reduce injuries, elevate care, and make a difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve.

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