Summit might not be the first place people think to go for holistic medicine, massages, Botox or body contouring, but Keith Guy hopes that will change with the opening of his new pharmacy.
Guy told Summit officials Tuesday night that his new pharmacy, to be located on the corner of Highway 51 and Sid Nash Road, will be the realization of a long-held dream. “Our goal was to open up a pharmacy in Summit, Mississippi,” he said.
Guy said he met his wife, Sharon, when he was in pharmacy school and she was working at Fly’s Drug Store, a former staple of Summit business that he eventually bought.
He said his new store will be one-of-a-kind, offering a weight loss program, Botox treatment, bioidentical hormone therapy, body contouring and reinvigorating “banana bag” IVs.
Any Lab Test Now, a separate business housed inside Guy’s Medical Center Pharmacy on Marion Avenue in McComb, will move to the new location.
Guy will have a nurse practitioner on staff and rent out space to a massage therapist and possibly a physician.
“This is going to be something unique. I don’t know if there will be something like it in Mississippi,” he said.
Blueprints submitted to the town’s planning and zoning commission last month show that the new store will be housed inside a 6,400-square foot building.
This is the second pharmacy expected to open in Summit in the coming months. Earlier this year pharmacist Tim Stamps announced plans to build a store just up Highway 51 from Guy’s proposed location. Construction on that building is underway.
In other business, the council:
• Heard from resident Mary Robinson, who asked for reimbursement for more than $400 worth of damage to the suspension of her 2001 Chrysler 300 after she recently drove into a ditch while trying to avoid two large potholes on Robinson and Cherry streets.
Robinson said she’s mentioned the potholes to all council members and Mayor Percy Robinson, but nothing has been done to fix them. Mayor Robinson said asphalt isn't aways available to make immediate pothole repairs.
The council took the matter under advisement and will vote on it at next week’s board meeting.
• Learned from Ricky Johnston of the Oakes & Johnston Agency that town health insurance rates through Blue Cross/Blue Shield are dropping 5 percent effective Jan. 1. That will make the second 5 percent drop in the town’s health plan this year, bringing new rates to $436 per employee per month.
“Y’all are the most unique group that I’ve got. Y’all have the best benefit package and the best health insurance for any group that I write,” Johnston said. “You’ve got another rate decrease coming up. I don’t know why y’all’s is doing that. Everybody else’s is going in the other direction.”
Town officials had expected rates to rise and budgeted for a 10 percent increase this fiscal year.
Johnston said he also shopped for life insurance plans that the town offers to its employees and found one with a lower premium for more coverage. An old policy gave a $15,000 payout for natural deaths or $30,000 for accidental deaths. The new coverage gives a $50,000 payout regardless of the cause of death.
Johnston urged the council to consider purchasing membership with Medical Air Services Association, or MASA, which covers ground and air ambulance bills for $99 per person per year. He noted instances of local residents being slapped with bills for airlifts in the tens of thousands of dollars.
• Heard from resident Harry Jones, who asked if there had been any further discussion about proposals from the recent long-term planning meeting, where he suggested the town make efforts to build a community center and a park. Robinson said a big obstacle is the fact that there’s little town-owned land on which to place such projects, and no granting agency will provide funds for the project on private land.