The Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) has honored Beemon Drugs of Jackson with its Most Valuable Pharmacy (MVP) annual award. The honor was announced at the recent IPC Annual Business Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.
“We are proud to honor dedicated IPC member Beemon Drugs and its owner Lester Hailey as this year’s MVP,” IPC President and CEO Don Anderson said. “Beemon Drugs is a prime example of the positive impact an independent pharmacy can have on its customers and its community. Beemon Drugs displays leadership in forwarding the cooperative as whole through its active participation, plus its utilization of our profitable solutions and contracted programs. IPC celebrates all of the impressive efforts of Beemon Drugs with this award.”
The IPC MVP Award recognizes a pharmacy that takes full advantage of their cooperative membership and influences future pharmacy owners by mentoring them in all aspects of independent pharmacy ownership. Beemon Drugs looks to IPC as its first resource for access to business solutions.
Owner Lester Hailey reacted to the honor: “We can never thank IPC enough for this award and for what they do for us every day. IPC is like a not so silent partner. The organization works hard to get rebates and discounts from pertinent vendors to help us stay more competitive. I think it shows IPC ‘cares’ about all of us and IPC ‘is’ for all of us. We are certainly not the biggest pharmacy out there but we try to utilize all the assets of IPC. We, like all of our colleagues, work long and hard, day in and day out to make a difference in the lives of our customers and our communities.”
Since its founding in 1983, IPC has evolved into the nation’s largest group purchasing organization for independent pharmacies, representing 4,500 stores.
Beemon Drugs opened in 1956 under its original name of Beemon-Brents. The store changed its name to Beemon Drugs in 1961 with owners Fred and Alvin Brent. Lester Hailey started work at the store in 1977, became partner in 1984 and sole owner in 2003.
Beemon Drugs remains the only original business in the 24-store Maywood Mart shopping center. Hailey and wife Ellen married in 1999 in front of the pharmacy.