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Wal-Mart Pharmacist of the Year: Indispensable to Her Community

Author: Alicia Rybovic, Assistant Editor

Karyn Pardee has been named the Wal-Mart Community Pharmacist of the Year for 2005. Kayrn is the pharmacy manager at the Wal-Mart in Grove City, Pa, and has been an asset to her patients and her community for nearly 13 years at that location. Ron McDermott, Wal-Mart district manager and Karyn's supervisor, emphasized that Karyn is a respected and highly esteemed member of their pharmacy team. When he visits Karyn's pharmacy, he is constantly approached by patients who greatly appreciate the kindness and generosity she demonstrates every day. In fact, her patients value Karyn so much that they feel she is indispensable—McDermott has been told by patients, on more than one occasion, "Make sure you never take Karyn away from us."

Karyn was chosen from more than 13,000 Wal-Mart pharmacists nationwide based on her dedication to patient care, amazing volunteer work, and overall selfless giving to her patients, her profession, and her community. The associates in the Grove City Wal-Mart store are very proud of Karyn and can tell about the way that she has impacted the way that pharmacy is practiced at their store. Karyn leads her associates by example and sets a great precedent to follow on patient counseling and patient care. She is well respected and highly valued by her patients.

Karyn also dedicates herself to her community in various ways. Karyn visits local nursing homes and has question-and-answer sessions and brown-bag sessions for seniors. She sponsors a scholarship in memory of her father, who was also a pharmacist, at Slippery Rock University. Her father, Charles "Chuck" Knauss, owned and operated Knauss Pharmacy in Slippery Rock for 20 years. Each year, she works to award the scholarship named after her father to a deserving pharmacy student.

Karyn visits local schools and promotes pharmacy as a profession. She also was involved in a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, bringing medical and pharmaceutical help to an area badly in need. On this trip, she was able to meet with many young children who were in poor health and bring them necessary medicines and health care. Her store is involved in Adopt-a- Highway, and employees clean up an area highway together as a team. She also is involved in the Dave Thomas Foundation and the American Heart Association.

In speaking with Karyn, she will tell you that her experiences in volunteering and service have humbled her and put things into perspective. At Wal-Mart, we would like to thank Karyn for leading us and teaching us how to take care of people. It is an honor for Wal-Mart and for the profession of pharmacy to have Karyn Pardee recognized as the 2005 Community Pharmacist of the Year!