We are excited to share the news that Dan Bosley, the owner and “Farm-Assist” at the Keeseville Pharmacy/Farmacy has been awarded the Excellence in Innovation Award by the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) at its annual convention in June. This award honors and recognizes a pharmacist who demonstrates significant innovation in their respective practice, method or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy. This is a national award coordinated by the National Alliance of StatPharmacy Associations.
Dan Bosley has been the owner of the Keeseville Pharmacy for 18 years and has been a force for good in the Keeseville community by partnering with AdkAction to start the first “Farmacy” in New York State. “The Farmacy” is a farm-fresh section of the Keeseville Pharmacy that is stocked with fresh and local produce, dairy products, meat, bakery items, and value-added products to increase the accessibility of fresh, local food to the community of Keeseville, a small town that has been without a grocery store since 2013. Dan’s enthusiasm for the mixed-use Farmacy business model has propelled the project forward. Dan is deeply invested in bringing positive change to the overall health of the Keeseville community, and his vision of food as medicine has been an innovative twist in his traditional services as a pharmacist. “Good health starts at the table” is Dan’s new slogan, and his dedication to bringing better health to his community through good food has been a creative and effective way to achieve his goals.
When asked about the ways the Farmacy project affected his life, Dan said “I take a step back every day and think about the impact the Farmacy Project has on me, my customers, the Keeseville community and also the surrounding communities. Never in my 18 years as an Independent Pharmacy owner and Pharmacist would I have guessed that one service (aside from prescription medications) could have such a positive impact not only for the health benefits, which are phenomenal but also just for the buzz it’s created about eating well and supporting local!!”
AdkAction and the Keeseville Pharmacy have big plans to continue the food access work that has been sparked by the Farmacy project. “Dan Bosley is the perfect candidate to receive such a prestigious award. Not only is he innovative, but he also cares about the health of his community and is willing to stretch his business model to provide much-needed access to fresh food within our community,” says Brittany Christenson, Executive Director at AdkAction, “We are honored to have the privilege to work with Dan, and we look forward to continuing our innovative partnership with him.”