Crozer-Keystone’s Bob Rossi Earns PSHP Community Service Award
Robert Rossi, manager of the Taylor
Ridley Park, Pa. – Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Robert (Bob) Rossi, of Havertown, was recently awarded the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists (PSHP) Community Service Award for 2013. This award is “intended to recognize an individual who has demonstrated community service through volunteer activities performed in any organization or individual setting that enhances the welfare of people in the community.” Rossi, who is the pharmacy manager at Taylor Hospital, has been a part of the Crozer-Keystone family for 13 years. He was nominated for the award by Lynn Byrne, a fellow pharmacist at Taylor. Byrne submitted a profile on Rossi as part of the nomination process and, in this profile, she commented about his hard work and dedication.
Rossi graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1979. He spent four years as a student/staff pharmacist at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and worked for Crozer-Chester Medical Center for six years, from 1986 to 1992. Rossi then left to pursue an opportunity in the home care sector working with women who had high-risk pregnancies. He worked with these women using his knowledge of medications, doses, and agents that are second nature to him. Says Byrne: “The world of obstetrics has long been one of Bob’s passions and he has touched many along the way.”
Rossi is also a certified diabetes educator, having attained certification in 1991 while working with the Crozer-Keystone Center for Diabetes at Springfield Hospital. He uses his knowledge to teach and train patients how to manage the condition. “Patients find that Bob is compassionate and able to understand the difficulties associated with this chronic disease,” Byrne says. Along with Rossi’s work with patients, “he has been instrumental in working with and for Secundum Artem Reaching Pharmacist with Help (SARPH), Pennsylvania’s impaired-pharmacist program,” adds Byrne. “Through his efforts he has taken this program to new heights and also worked to establish a program for impaired nurses. These programs have provided many pharmacists and nurses with a new lease on life and living, and professional growth. His work in this arena is huge.”
Rossi is dedicated to his work and is a “wealth of information,” Byrne says. “He is always eager to share and encourage pharmacy staff to strive to be better. He is a go-to person.”
“Bob is an exemplary employee who cares about his staff and patients. He is focused and pays great attention to detail. Everyone enjoys working with him and we are proud of his accomplishment,” says Dave Keenan, director of Pharmacy Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System.
Rossi shows leadership skills through his everyday work and the volunteer services he participates in outside of his daily pharmaceutical duties. “His work with the community on various levels has made him a stellar example to his peers,” Byrne says. “It is for this reason that I recommended Bob for the community service award. There is no man more deserving of this award than one who has dedicated so much of his time, energy and talent to assisting others.”
Rossi received the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists (PSHP) Community Service Award at the 45th Annual Assembly at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa. Learn more about Crozer-Keystone Health System by visiting www.crozerkeystone.org.