Sixteen years after my daughter’s tragic death from a sterile IV compounding error, there’s a question that I always ask myself. I know this career path I’ve been on since Emily’s tragic passing is very unconventional, but it has not only become my full-time job, but it’s also become what I feel is my “life’s work.” I do it so passionately, on a day-to-day basis, for the Emily Jerry Foundation, because this is what I feel I’ve been truly called to do. With that in mind, I think everyone will understand, the question I continually ask myself is simple and straightforward…am I really making a difference?
After many lectures & presentations, admittedly, sometimes I naturally doubt myself and begin almost “hyper” self-evaluating in this way. Then it never seems to fail, I get blessed with feedback and much appreciated encouragement, like I just did with this very kind comment from Kenneth Komorny, the Chief Pharmacy Officer, at Moffitt Cancer Center, regarding my recent visit to their facility in Tampa, the week before last.
“Thank you, Christopher Jerry, for continuing to tell your story. It has motivated and continues to motivate me to continually assess for ways to make our hospital safer. Moffitt Cancer Center is committed to safety with the approving of an IV workflow that includes barcoding as well as gravimetrics for sterile IV compounds. It was such an honor and privilege to meet you. My hope is that you continue to run with endurance this race that is set before you. You are making a difference!!!”