The below article about four senior Guardian Mid-South drivers delivering medications to long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic was published by WATN-TV (Local24 ABC Memphis).


Four senior delivery drivers ensure nursing homes receive medicine during pandemic

Despite being at a higher risk for COVID-19, four retirees turned delivery drivers have brought medication to assisted living communities.

By Jalyn Souchek

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Delivery drivers have been essential frontline workers during the pandemic; ensuring people get their mail, presents around the holidays, PPE and medicine.

Through it all, there are four senior delivery drivers tasked with bringing medicine to the most vulnerable people living in assisted living facilities.

Albert Bates, Danny McNeely, Stephen Phillips and Larry Moffitt have done it all despite being a part of the group considered most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. All are over the age of 65.

“These four have a heart of gold,” Curt Bicknell said.

Bicknell is the president of Guardian Pharmacy Mid-South, a pharmacy located in Bartlett that delivers medicine specifically to assisted living facilities such as nursing homes and mental health residences.

He said at the start of the pandemic and as it dragged on he expected and planned on the retirees, turned delivery drivers, to say they were no longer comfortable coming to work.

“But we got the exact opposite,” Bicknell said. “All of them four said, ‘No, we’re in this. These are our people. These are not just our customers we have relationships on the ground with the residents, nurses.’ They didn’t give it a second thought.”

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