In 1975, Ed Breeze opened a small drug store on 9th Street in downtown Mt. Vernon in hopes of providing a unique, top-notch experience for his customers. Tired of big, impersonal chain pharmacies, Ed knew that he could do better for patients. Dedicated to the community and the health of those he cared for, Ed and his wife Brenda started Byrd-Watson Drug Co.
Over 40 years later, Ed’s family holds to the company’s original vision while always expanding and adjusting for our patients. At Byrd-Watson, we strive to meet the pledge of our Health Mart partners – caring for you and about you – by providing quality pharmacy and medical equipment services, and supporting the development and wellbeing of our Southern Illinois community.
Our mid-town Pharmacy on Broadway serves hundreds of people every day with prescription and over-the-counter drugs, care consultations, and compliance services all designed with a focus on patient health and convenience. Our Medical Equipment showroom and retail location located on Main downtown provides durable medical equipment, nursing uniforms, and family accessories like handbags and shoes.
But we’re not just business. We are here for our community. Our staff contributes to local civic organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and Donwtown Development Corporation, local school boards and volunteer efforts, religious groups providing charitable services, military support organizations to honor those who serve our country, and other beneficial programs. As a company, we support and sponsor the healthcare community through hospital auxiliaries and community arts programs through Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. We raise our families in Jefferson County, enjoy our friends in Mt. Vernon, and live our lives in Southern Illinois. We are proud to call this are our home and want to support those who live here. That’s why we are who we are and do what we do – care for you and about you!