The JJEM Project - A VNA Beneficiary
The JJEM Project (pronounced GEM) was formed after the tragic and untimely death of Jillian Justine Elizabeth Murphy, daughter of VNA CEO Robb Murphy. After a night partying with her "friends", Jillian aspirated and stopped breathing. The people she was with panicked because they had drugs and alcohol in the house, and the parents of the house were not home at the time. Fearing they would be punished or arrested, they formulated a plan to get Jillian downstairs and to the hospital, rather than calling 911 or rendering CPR. This took nearly 45 minutes, resulting in Jillian being without oxygen to her brain. Jillian was pronounced brain dead three days later.
After donating her organs, her parents have established this project and a separate foundation not affiliated with VNA, to promote awareness and advocacy for changes and education on Good Samaritan laws in schools, colleges, and drug rehab and education centers across the United States. Donations made to help advance the educational component of the JJEM Project are fully tax-deductable under the 501c3 status of The Vita Nova Agency.
For more information about this project, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excerpt from the CA Good Samaritin Law:
State of California HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE Section 1799.102 1799.102. (a)
No person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency medical or nonmedical care at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission. The scene of an emergency shall not include emergency departments and other places where medical care is usually offered.
This subdivision applies only to the medical, law enforcement, and emergency personnel specified in this chapter. (b) (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage other individuals to volunteer, without compensation, to assist others in need during an emergency, while ensuring that those volunteers who provide care or assistance act responsibly. (2)
Except for those persons specified in subdivision (a), no person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency medical or nonmedical care or assistance at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission other than an act or omission constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
The scene of an emergency shall not include emergency departments and other places where medical care is usually offered. This subdivision shall not be construed to alter existing protections from liability for licensed medical or other personnel specified in subdivision (a) or any other law. (c)
Nothing in this section shall be construed to change any existing legal duties or obligations, nor does anything in this section in any way affect the provisions in Section 1714.5 of the Civil Code, as proposed to be amended by Senate Bill 39 of the 2009–10 Regular Session of the Legislature. (d) The amendments to this section made by the act adding subdivisions (b) and (c) shall apply exclusively to any legal action filed on or after the effective date of that act. (Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 77, Sec. 1. Effective August 6, 2009. Note: As referenced in subd. (d), subds. (b) and (c) were added in the amendment by Stats. 2009, Ch. 77.)