Year established: 2009



Immediately after hovering over his unconscious daughter who was on life-support in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), at a leading pediatric hospital here in Cleveland in 2006, Chris Jerry pulled Emily’s IV bag out of the trash. He then handed the partially full bag over to an administrator in charge, requesting that the contents be immediately examined. Chris’s common sense that day led to his conclusion, which since has been verified through extensive root-cause analysis, that the primary cause of virtually all medication errors can almost always be traced back to incidences of human error by well-intentioned clinicians during the course of a patient’s care.

Since Emily’s tragic death from a preventable medication error, Chris began this unintentional quest chosen for him, to work diligently to affect positive change in medicine. Consulting with the brightest minds in healthcare, he has transformed the culture of medicine, how it is practiced in the U.S., and more importantly how we respond and learn from these preventable errors which have now been identified as being the third leading cause of death. Since that horrific day 10 years ago, he has spoken at countless medical facilities and conference throughout our nation to preach the fact that, humans are all fallible, and typically no clinician ever intentionally means to cause harm.

Chris founded the Emily Jerry Foundation, in honor of his daughter’s name, to focus attention on the underlying systems, processes, and protocols in medicine, and to find comprehensive solutions that minimize this inherent “human error component of medicine.” Following Emily’s tragic medication error, he identified where and how the human error occurred and, subsequently, found solutions with the intent to have no one else ever have to go through what he and his family have had to endure.

From the onset, with little money, Chris found and encouraged these solutions and through his sole efforts, found many comprehensive ways of entirely eliminating the risk of medical mistakes that all of us as human beings are susceptible and capable of making.


The foundation began in August of 2009 in the state of Ohio shortly after the passage of “Emily’s Law”, which was named after Emily Jerry. Chris developed into a respected speaker and sought-after advocate, not only for patient safety but for the treating clinicians as well. Seven years since, there has been a significant increase in public awareness of the foundation’s key patient safety-related issues that can be attributed to the passage of Emily’s law, Emily’s death, and how her father responded. Chris passionately sought solutions which not only would have saved Emily’s life but countless others who have died so senselessly ever since.


These inherent problems are now being made much more apparent today. They are being brought to the forefront by both the news media and the medical community itself. This increasing awareness demands solutions and EJF’s knowledge to better understand and learn from what has become the core competency of the foundation’s work. EJF will continue to develop effective initiatives and programs, such as its Medication Safety Standard Awards Program, which undoubtedly will improve patient safety and save countless lives.

The impetus of this recently reorganized foundation, now with a dedicated staff, is an audacious mission to eradicate all medication errors forever. Once properly funded through your generous charitable contributions and support, this foundation believes it can definitely accomplish its vital mission within Chris’s lifetime, which would honor his daughter’s short life beyond imagination.

Donors of $50 or more will receive the Emily Jerry Guardian Angel lapel pin, which signifies their support and commitment to helping eradicate preventable medical errors. Please allow up to six weeks for delivery. Consider making a tax-deductible donation now to help us achieve this very important mission to make healthcare safer for our loved ones.



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On Feb. 10, 2010, the foundation obtained a nonprofit 501(c)3 status, so all donations to the foundation are tax deductible. With new management in place in 2016, the Emily Jerry Foundation is expanding to work even harder to make a significant difference and save lives.

Other fundraising activities include medication safety awareness walks.



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There are six initiatives, a Walk in March and several programs planned for 2017.
Now working harder than ever, having recruited a new board, finding an executive committee, creating stronger partnerships and working toward creating a reliable and steady structure for growth, EJF has entered a new era with a much better ability to accomplish its core mission. Also through our Medication Safety Awareness Walks, EJF plans to rally support by involving local communi­ties on a national level, which will significantly increase awareness of this problem affecting all of us and our loved ones receiving health care.

The Emily Jerry Foundation wants to be a voice for the victims of preventable medication errors, who were left behind when their loved one died. Our intention is to set up a forum where stories similar to the Jerry family’s story, can be shared and discussed. This is just one simple way the Foundation continues to build awareness. See Our Stories. Please help us continue our work by offering your support. Either become a volunteer or send a contribution. You can simply click on the DONATE button or mail your charitable gift to The Emily Jerry Foundation, 109 East Orange Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.

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Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.

“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Makary said.

The issue of patient safety has been a hot topic in recent years, but it wasn’t always that way. In 1999, an Institute of Medicine report calling preventable medical errors an “epidemic” shocked the medical establishment and led to significant debate about what could be done.

Read a recent article published by The Washington Post.

Chris Jerry has been actively seeking solutions since 2006 when his daughter died due to a pharmacy technician error