You Might Be Surprised To Find What’s Happening Above the Phoenix Pharmacy

Paragon Healthcare, 418 South Gay Street, Suite 203 and 204, Knoxville, September 2018

And you are invited to check it out first-hand tomorrow (Thursday) from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at 418 South Gay Street, Suite 204.

Ron Sherrill, owner of Phoenix Pharmacy, has a lot more going on than a drug store and soda fountain. He purchased the basement, first and second floors and one condo on the third floor from Eddie Mannis, over a the last several years. The most recent portion was the spot where the Daily Grind and Clayton Bank used to share space.

While the most visible businesses on those three floors are the Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, Prestige Cleaners and the Covenant-operated clinic, there’s another business, located on the second floor which has the largest operation of them all.

Paragon Healthcare, 418 South Gay Street, Suite 203 and 204, Knoxville, September 2018

Paragon Healthcare, 418 South Gay Street, Suite 203 and 204, Knoxville, September 2018

When he made his initial purchase of the majority of the three floors, he moved operations of his Caremax Pharmacy to the second floor. The company provides in-home medical support and, in addition to pharmacists, employs a nutritionist and others to assist patients who need pharmacological help that goes beyond simple prescriptions. The second floor features, among other things, a very high tech support lab. Not long after the move, he sold the company and it became Paragon Healthcare.

Paragon has now taken another suite on the second floor for a new Infusion Center, which, “gives patients the availability of continuing medical treatments in the outpatient setting rather than having to visit their doctor’s office or hospital.” Under the direction of a doctor, the center is staffed by Nurse Practitioners in a clean and pleasant environment, “complete with relaxing recliners, flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, snacks and beverages.”

Lab at Paragon Healthcare, 418 South Gay Street, Suite 203 and 204, Knoxville, September 2018

While the treatment area pictured here is open-concept, there are also private rooms for patients. The use of direct infusion drugs is growing in the U.S. and this facility will be able to meet a range of infusion needs, but they specialize in, “Allergy and Immunology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, OB/GYN, Pulmonary, and Rheumatology.”

It’s not the kind of business that can readily close and this one is open every day of the year with extended hours. And you can stop by to check it out tomorrow night. Both suites are quite impressive and a somewhat surprising business to find tucked away in the middle of downtown.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the update Alan. Great to see services like these offered in our urban environment. Do you know what (if anything) he is doing with the basement space?

    Thanks!

    Kevin

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says:

      It is utilized to support the Pharmacy and Fountain, as I recall. I believe it’s where the ice cream gets made.

  2. Great read, #knoxvilleurbanguy . As a 3 time cancer survivor, seeing these things “outpatient infusion centers” front and center in today’s society is a breathe of fresh.

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