Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General Corporation is expanding its healthcare offering to continue to meet more of its customers’ needs and establish itself as a health destination. This effort includes the appointment of Albert Wu, M.D. to the newly created position of vice president, chief medical officer. He joined the company on July 6 and reports to Jeff Owen, Dollar General’s chief operating officer.
Dr. Wu will help to develop Dollar General’s new healthcare services efforts by establishing and strengthening relationships with current and prospective healthcare product and service providers to build a comprehensive network of affordable services for DG customers.
“We’re excited to welcome Albert to our team and to put a greater emphasis on wellness in the communities we serve,” says Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “His impressive experience brings a unique perspective to our operations and will be critical as we look to develop our healthcare services offering.”
Dr. Wu joins Dollar General from McKinsey & Company, where he has worked since 2016. During that time, he led a team to create a total cost of care model for 250,000 rural healthcare patients; oversaw multiple hospital provider turnarounds totaling $2-5 billion in revenue; designed a digitally-driven healthcare insurance product offering; and provided guidance to analysts modeling ventilation and pharmaceutical needs to support pandemic relief efforts.
Additionally, Dollar General stores will offer an increased assortment of cough and cold, dental, nutritional, medical, health aids and feminine hygiene products.
With 75% of the U.S. population living within approximately 5 miles of one of Dollar General’s 17,000+ stores, the company recognizes the unique access it provides to rural communities often underserved by other retailers as well as the existing healthcare ecosystem. The company’s commitment to expanding its health offerings is underpinned by its existing infrastructure, robust supply chain and current complementary health and nutrition assortment.
“At Dollar General, we are always looking for new ways to serve, and our customers have told us that they would like to see increased access to affordable healthcare products and services in their communities,” says Vasos. “Our goal is to build and enhance affordable healthcare offerings for our customers, especially in the rural communities we serve.”
As of April 30, 2021, Dollar General Corporation had 17,426 stores in 46 states. For more information, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
SOURCE: Dollar General Corporation