Dollar General Creates Health Advisory Panel

Consisting of four health expert physicians, the panel will help guide the discount retailer as it ventures more into the world of health and wellness with its private brands.
Zachary Russell
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After announcing its increased focus on health care products and services last year, discount retailer Dollar General has announced the creation of its Healthcare Advisory Panel.

The panel is composed of four healthcare industry subject matter experts who will serve as thought partners and strategists to Dollar General regarding its “developing approach on how to best invest its resources in the context of the health and wellness landscape.” The retailer has more than 20 private label brands across the store, including for OTC medicines, personal care products, health items and more.

“Dollar General is excited to take these next bold steps on our healthcare journey and welcomes these talented and respected professionals to our new advisory panel,” said Dr. Albert Wu, Dollar General’s Chief Medical Officer. “With a belief in furthering our mission of Serving Others, the panel will provide guidance and prioritization of efforts in the areas of health and wellness at DG. We are proud to have a diversity of perspectives and experience represented on the panel, helping us better understand our customers and provide meaningful solutions to the complex problems of healthcare.”

The Dollar General Healthcare Advisory Panel is comprised of the following health experts, as described by the discount retailer:

Dr. Patrick Carroll is a physician leader with experience across retail health, managed care, and integrated delivery networks. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Vida Health. Previously, Dr. Carroll held roles as Chief Medical Officer at Walgreens, Hims & Hers, and Hartford Healthcare. His various responsibilities included overseeing strategic initiatives, clinical and quality programs and provider groups relationships. 

Dr. Katy Lanz is a healthcare executive and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in designing, implementing and scaling care delivery models. She currently serves as Chief Strategy and Product Officer at Personal Care Medical Associates and is a National Board Director for National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She previously served as Chief Clinical Officer at Aspire Health, which was acquired by Anthem in 2018.

Dr. Von Nguyen is a physician, population health expert, and public health leader with experience in building successful collaborations across organizations to improve the health and well-being of populations. He currently serves as Clinical Lead of Public and Population Health at Google. Prior to joining Google, Nguyen served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and held roles of increasing responsibility in policy and strategy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Lastly, Dr. Yolanda Hill Wimberly is a distinguished visionary and leader who has created a presence on the national health care scene, based on her innovative organizational skills and her prolific development of responsive clinical organizations and educational programs. A board-certified physician in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine, Dr. Wimberly is the Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer at Grady Health Systems. In this inaugural role, she is charged with leading the development of the vision and strategic direction of Grady Health System in the area of health equity. Dr. Wimberly is also Professor of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. 

Dollar General operates over 18,300 stores in 47 states.