President and CEO
Emily Jerry Foundation
Christopher Jerry lost his beautiful two-year-old daughter, Emily, after a fatal medication error in March of 2006. After the tragic loss, he created the Emily Jerry Foundation to increase public awareness of the systems aspects of medicine, as well as, addressing key patient safety related issues by identifying technology and best practices that are proven to minimize the “human error” component of medicine. Mr. Jerry is a relentless patient safety and clinician caregiver advocate who spreads a message of hope, forgiveness, compassion, collaboration, and how to turn a tragedy into honoring Emily by inspiring positive change in our world’s healthcare facilities.
When Mr. Jerry first joined the patient safety movement, shortly after his daughter’s death, he was simply advocating for the patient. In the past ten years, he has learned much about patient safety and the “human error” component of medicine, as well as, having had the great privilege of consulting with many of the brightest minds and experts in healthcare. Over time he has discovered that most all of these issues relating to patient safety are systems related and that in order to effectively make our medical facilities safer for everyone globally, we all need to join together to positively change the underlying “culture” of medicine and how we respond and learn from preventable medical error when it occurs. With that said, he now finds himself advocating just as passionately for all of you, the clinicians, who equally share his vital concerns about improving patient and medication safety. Through his advocacy efforts, as well as, the programming of the Emily Jerry Foundation, he is always striving to be an active part of the overall “solution” to preventable medical errors, which by recent estimates, are now the third leading cause of death in the United States .