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September 19, 2013

Bassett pharmacist wins national honor for patient safety


IPRO, a national quality improvement organization, was familiar with the Bassett clinic’s work and nominated her for the award, Rudd said.

Rudd said she appreciated the compliments and recognition for the accomplishments, which she hinted is all in a day’s work.

“For me, you get to work and do your job,” Rudd said. 

In 2010, Rudd was named Researcher of the Year by the New York State Chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. 

Rudd’s supervisor, J.B. Goss, who has a Ph.D. in pharmacy, said there has been “all kinds of work done at Bassett” inspired by her work. He described Rudd as “the Arnold Palmer” of her field.

“Kelly is a national commodity. She is well-known in her field,” said Goss, director of pharmaceutical care services at Bassett Medical Center.

Bassett is a smaller medical center that is beginning to offer intensive pharmaceutical therapies typically available at larger institutions, such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and they Mayo Clinic Health System, Goss said.

Bassett’s anticoagulation therapies are offered at clinics in Cooperstown and more-recently at a second site at the FoxCare Center in Oneonta, they said.

“We’re growing the program,” Rudd said.

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