Dozens of people turned out Thursday to celebrate Mesquite’s newest business, Bridge Insurance. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at theÂ office on Mesquite Boulevard.
Owners Mary Bundy and Susan ForsythÂ provideÂ Medicare supplement, health and life insurance.
“We just really felt like it was our way to give back to the community,” Bundy said. “Senior citizens’ Medicare is a mess, and the rule book alone is only 6Â inches, so to help senior citizens navigate Medicare is why we moved here.”
Bundy and Forsyth chose to open a business together because each had parents on MedicareÂ and knew how useful it was for their lives. The women figured educating people about the program was a service they could provide.
Forsyth said as Baby Boomers grow older and need more care, there will be more people visitingÂ hospitals and needing coverage. “When we saw (Bundy’s) parentÂ with cancer, my parentÂ with cancer and heart diseaseÂ â€”Â Medicare and insurance really just saved us and my dad, and so people need to know about it.”
The two initiallyÂ decided they wanted to base their business in Mesquite due to their love forÂ the city, but they had to transition from living in St. George before officially coming to the Virgin Valley.
“We knew that when we started a business, it was going to be long-term and we didn’t want to be long-term in St. George,” Bundy said. “We wanted to be long-term here.”
A well-attended welcome
Mayor Al Litman and several members of the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce and the City Council attended Thursday’s ceremony.
There were refreshments as well as a giveaway drawing for Crumbl Cookies.
Bundy said she didn’t expect more than maybe 10 people to show up, but dozens came to see the cutting of the ribbon and to visit the new location.
“This turnout is exactly what I love about smaller towns,” Bundy said. “I feel like in St. George you can get lost in the shuffle, but here they’re here to support everybody and we have gotten nothing but a positive response.”
Bundy and Forsyth will be providing insurance and help with Medicare and supplemental needs but they also emphasized their commitment to delivery for their services.
“There’s some seniors that are homebound or they have illnesses and they can’t get out and about, so if they can’t come to our office, we will definitely come to them,” Forsyth said.Â “We canÂ meet them somewhere comfortable to them or we’ll actually go to their home. Whatever they are comfortable with.”
Bridge Insurance will have appointment-only hours for now but will be accepting appointment callsÂ from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday atÂ 928-201-5909.
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