In Memoriam: RCDM mourns loss of attorney Ken Baker

Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros PA joins friends and family in mourning the loss of attorney and colleague Ken Baker, who passed away on December 23, 2018.

For more than four decades, as a pharmacist and lawyer, Ken applied his unique skills to help counsel clients, care for patients and train students on issues involving health care and medical malpractice. He served as a pharmacist consultant and of counsel at RCDM.

“Few attorneys have the depth of understanding for medical issues relating to a legal case that Ken offered,” RCDM shareholder Bill Drury said. “But what really set Ken Baker apart from other attorneys was his commitment to high quality care for his clients and the patients they serve. He will be greatly missed not only at our firm but also within the legal and medical communities.”

Ken represented hospitals, pharmacies, pharmacists, nurses, doctors, healthcare associations and regulatory agencies and provided guidance and direction in navigating the ever-changing delivery of health care. Throughout his distinguished career, Ken was a pioneer in quality assurance programs and monitoring systems for medication errors, co-inventing the Pharmacy Quality Commitment assurance system, the Sentinel pharmacy risk management workflow system and the Quality Manager error-tracking program.

Ken was recognized for his efforts to improve patient safety and for his overall contributions to the field, receiving the American College of Apothecaries Service to Pharmacy Award and the American Society for Pharmacy Law Outstanding Pharmacy Legacy Award.

In addition to his law practice, Ken taught pharmacy law as an adjunct faculty member at Midwestern University College of Pharmacy in Glendale, Arizona, and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy in Gainesville. He was also a published author in numerous pharmacy textbooks, medical journals and magazines.

RCDM offers its most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Baker family during this difficult time.