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Sam's Club names new health care exec
February 28th, 2014
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Sam's Club has named David Badeen as vice president of health care, a position in which he will have responsibility for pharmacy.
In 2013, Sam's Club performed nearly 900,000 free health screenings in monthly events at its pharmacies.
The Walmart chain said Friday that Badeen also will have responsibility for over-the-counter products, optical and hearing aid centers, and third-party contracting and pricing.
He reports to Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president of health and wellness.
Badeen joined Walmart in 1985 as a pharmacy manager before moving to the home office in Bentonville in 1993 to serve as director of automated systems. From 1996 to 1998, he was Sam's Club's director of pharmacy, and he later went on to assume leadership roles in operations, new business development, merchandising and managed care at Walmart.
Badeen assumes the role formerly held by Jason Reiser, who was vice president of merchandising, health and family care for Sam's Club before leaving the company last summer to join Family Dollar Stores Inc.
Also on Friday, Sam's Club announced that George Agnacian, vice president of consumables, has received expanded responsibility encompassing health and beauty aids, tabletops/bags, pets, laundry and home care, baby care, restaurant supplies, paper and commercial cleaning.
Overall, Sam's Club has about 580 pharmacies in its 630 stores. In recent years, the chain has expanded its pharmacy services, including discount prescription programs, immunizations and free health screenings.
Last year, Sam's Club performed more than 896,000 free health screenings over 10 monthly events, focusing on such areas as men's and women's health, diabetes, oral care, skin care, weight management, allergies and heart health. Screenings also have been scheduled for 10 more events this year through October.
The retailer offers pharmacist-administered flu shots plus nine other vaccinations, along with $4/$10 generic prescription prices to the public. Sam's Plus and Sam's Business members get another 8% discount on branded prescriptions, 40% discount on generics not part of the $4/$10 generics program, and access to the Extra Value Drug List, which features 10% to 30% savings on dozens of name-brand and generic prescriptions.