Walmart has tapped Cambia Well being Options’ Cheryl Pegus, M.D., to function its new govt vp of well being and wellness.
Within the function, Pegus will lead well being and wellness efforts “throughout the Walmart enterprise,” the retail large mentioned in an announcement. She and can report back to Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner. She has additionally been charged with furthering the corporate’s “daring healthcare imaginative and prescient.”
Pegus’ first day with Walmart can be Dec. 21. She joins that firm after serving as president of Cambia Client Well being Options and chief medical officer of Cambia Well being Options.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Pegus to the Walmart household to advance our efforts to proceed exploring healthcare options for patrons and associates, and serving to People reside higher – and more healthy,” Furner mentioned in an announcement.
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“She is an distinctive chief who will assist us ship care of the best high quality that folks can obtain on the proper time, no matter insurance coverage protection. This has by no means been extra vital as it’s now, whereas the pandemic continues to place a pressure on our healthcare system,” Furner mentioned.
Pegus has additionally beforehand served in govt roles at Pfizer, Aetna and Walgreens, and is a skilled heart specialist. She was not too long ago honored as a Fierce Healthcare Girl of Affect.
At Walmart Well being and Wellness, Pegus will oversee 4,700 pharmacies, 3,700 imaginative and prescient facilities, Walmart Well being’s clinics, digital well being platforms and Walmart Insurance coverage Companies, the corporate’s newly-launched insurance coverage brokerage.
“I’m humbled to be becoming a member of the Walmart group and for the chance to associate internally and externally to construct upon present initiatives for accessible and inexpensive look after associates and the communities we serve,” Pegus mentioned.
Walmart has made a centered push into the healthcare house of late, notably with its rising slate of well being clinics, which supply a slew of providers at a flat payment for patrons with or with out insurance coverage.
The retailer additionally launched its first co-branded Medicare Benefit plan this 12 months in partnership with Clover Well being.