Dr. Brokaw dedicated her career to improving patient care through pharmacokinetics, clinical practice, and teaching.
GIG HARBOR, WA, May 19, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Dr. Kathryn Marie Brokaw, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Brokaw celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
An expert in clinical pharmacology, Dr. Brokaw dedicated her career to improving patient care through pharmacokinetics, clinical practice, and teaching. To prepare for her pharmacy career, she attended the University of Washington, from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in botany and zoology in 1974 and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1979. She subsequently attained a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University in 1999 and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Idaho State University in 2000. Well qualified in her field, she is certified in advanced cardiac life support and basic life support. In addition to her primary endeavors as a pharmacist, Dr. Brokaw has authored several published works and delivered presentations on her areas of expertise.
Dr. Brokaw embarked on her professional journey as a hospital pharmacist at Waldo General Hospital in 1970, where she remained active until 1983. During this time she also served as a pharmacist for the Seattle Indian Health Board Medical Clinic. In 1983, she continued her career as the Director of Pharmacy for Kodiak Island Hospital and served on the Board of the Alaska Pharmaceutical Association. She later became a staff pharmacist for the DeWitt Army Community Hospital and a Patient Care Area Pharmacist for the Inova Fairfax Health System, where she completed an ASHP Residency. Following her husband's transfer to Idaho, Dr. Brokaw took a position as the Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Boise at St. Joseph Catholic Church, during which time she functioned as a pharmacist consultant and retail pharmacist for SuperSave Drug and Home IV Care.
Committed to maintaining the highest standards of practice, Dr. Brokaw accepted a leadership role in 2001 as a Clinical Coordinator for HCA Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and was also appointed adjunct clinical faculty with several universities. With her family's move to Washington State, she took on her final role as a clinical pharmacist with St. Anthony Hospital of the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health System in 2008. In this capacity, she provided pharmacokinetic and clinical services for the 112-bed hospital, IV preparation, outpatient chemotherapy, patient education, and code response. During her tenure, which ended with her retirement in 2021, she served as Chair of the hospital's Education Committee and as Ambassador for their AIDET Team, helping achieve a more than a two-fold increase in the hospital's Smart Pump library use, as well as contributing to a significant decrease in patient falls. Additionally, Dr. Brokaw has been a pharmacist both for the International Medical Corps in1986 and for the Southeast Idaho Council of Governments of the Area Agency on Aging until 1999.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Brokaw has received numerous honors for her work and expertise. In 1988, she was named as the Alaska Hospital Pharmacist of the Year by the Alaska Pharmaceutical Association and received a commendation for her performance from the United States Army Medical Department in 1991. Additionally, she received a letter of recognition from the International Medical Corp for her work in setting up and organizing the outpatient pharmacy in Nassar Bagh Refugee Camp No. 1 in Pakistan. While working at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Brokaw earned a Gold Star Award for her work in improving medication safety and quality management in 2002.
Though she has achieved much during the course of her professional journey, Dr. Brokaw is most proud to have integrated the experiences and expertise of her colleagues in her own career endeavors. She operates on an understanding that other opinions are equally valuable as hers and strives to operate with a collaborative approach to medicine. Looking toward the future, Dr. Brokaw plans to continue writing and pursue her passion for painting and gardening.
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