Monthly Archives: April 2012

Washington Patient Safety Coalition Sends Letter of Recommendation

The following is a great letter of recommendation we received from Washington State Patient Safety Coalition for the talk we gave in Seattle a few weeks ago. The Emily Jerry Foundation is proud to be associated with the WPSC and hopes to further our mutual vision of a more safe environment for patients around the country. Thank you so much for your support!

Click on the Image below to download a pdf of the letter.

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Emily Jerry Foundation Invited to Speak May 15th at the 2012 Northwest Patient Safety Conference

Lisa and I had the chance to meet John J. Nance (keynote speaker for this event) last week at the premier of “Surfing The Healthcare Tsunami; Bring Your Best Board.” John is a great guy that is also featured in the documentary. We are very excited to take part in this opportunity to spread the message.

For more information about the event click here to visit the Washington Patient Safety Coalition website.

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Discovery Channel to air “Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board” on April 28th Featuring Initial Interview Between Christopher Jerry and Eric Cropp

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Last May, Dr. Charles Denham of TMIT brought Eric Cropp and I together for the very first time for an interview, since my daughter Emily’s tragic death. Emily died from a medication error that occurred only days after her second birthday in 2006. Shortly after establishing The Emily Jerry Foundation in 2009, I had explained to a number of people, including Dr. Denham, how and why I felt so strongly about publicly forgiving Eric for the death of my beautiful little girl Emily. Many people simply thought I had completely lost my mind and could not comprehend or understand why, as Emily’s father, I would ever want to take such a drastic step.

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Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation: “Daughter’s Death Fuels Father’s Passionate Crusade”

Special thanks to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) for covering the Emily Jerry foundation in the April 2012 edition of AAMI News. We truly appreciate all their support in shedding light on our cause. An excerpt of the article is below:

Six years ago, Chris Jerry was going to surprise his 2-year-old daughter Emily with the best present she could ask for, which wasn’t a toy or even a pony. It was that she no longer had cancer.

But he never got to tell her.

On Feb. 26, 2006, Emily underwent one last chemotherapy treatment to eliminate residual cancer cells from the yolk sac tumor she had battled for six months, but something went terribly wrong.

When Jerry got to Rainbow Babies& Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH, that day, his daughter was already unconscious from an unbearable amount of pain.

“I just remember opening the door and my wife at the time had this look of horror on her face,” he told AAMI News.

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News Channel 5: 2-year-old girl’s death sparks positive changes at University Hospital and across the state

I was interviewed after the Quality & Patient Safety fair at University Hospitals Case Medical Center by Cleveland’s News Channel 5 about the Emily Jerry Foundation and my speech to UH staff that afternoon. Watch the video footage below and click here to read the full story.

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  • Nate & Katherine

    A Letter to My Children

    Dear Nate & Katherine,

    I truly love and miss, both of you, more than you will ever know! I am so incredibly sorry that you both have had to endure the loss of your baby sister, the death of your uncle, and the breakup of your family in such a short period of time. You both were the absolute best big brother and sister ever and I know how much you both must still hurt and miss her! I genuinely hope and pray that you find some comfort and that you both always know in your heart that little Emily is still watching over all of us!

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    The Emily Jerry Foundation is determined to help make our nation’s, world renowned, medical facilities safer for everyone, beginning with our babies and children. We are accomplishing this very important objective by focusing on increasing public awareness of key patient safety related issues and identifying technology and best practices that are proven to minimize the “human error” component of medicine. Through our ongoing efforts The Emily Jerry Foundation is working hard to save lives every day.

    Thank You So Very Much for Your Support! ~Chris Jerry

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    Advocacy Heals U

    Internet Radio Show Co-hosted by Joni Aldrich and Chris Jerry of the Emily Jerry Foundation

    Through my work as an advocate, I never really knew the profound healing that would occur on a personal level, as Emily’s father. It’s this type of healing process that can occur, for anyone who has experienced or is going through a life-changing crisis, that cohost Joni Aldrich ( and I, discuss on our weekly show called ADVOCACY HEALS U. Please join us every Tuesday at 2:00pm EST and find out how to be an advocate for positive change and how it can, subsequently, heal and inspire you too! Over any web enabled device, you can listen to the show by either going to or If you happen to miss a show it will be rebroadcast each Saturday at 3:00pm EST. All our shows are archived on Click on the button below to scroll through the archives.