Rite Aid expands health executives’ roles

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CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. has expanded the responsibilities of RediClinic chief executive officer Web Golinkin, giving him the additional role of CEO at its Health Dialog Services Corp. unit. At the same time, group vice president of pharmacy initiatives and clinical services Karen Staniforth was promoted to chief operating officer at Health Dialog.

RediClinic and Health Dialog are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Rite Aid, which announced the promotions in ­mid-November.

In his new role at Health Dialog, Golinkin will lead the development of business strategy for the population health management solutions company. Staniforth will have responsibility for executing the business strategy and will oversee day-to-day business operations. She reports directly to Golinkin.

Golinkin will continue reporting to Robert Thompson, Rite Aid’s executive vice president of pharmacy. He succeeds Dr. Robert Mandel, who has resigned to pursue other ­interests.

“Web has brought a unique level of expertise and experience with him to RediClinic, Rite Aid and now Health Dialog,” Thompson said. “We look forward to benefitting from Web’s leadership and strategic thinking as we continue to build, grow and strengthen Health Dialog’s population health management tools and programs.”

As Rite Aid continues to transform itself into a growing retail health care company, Health Dialog and RediClinic “will play an important role in this process,” Thompson added.

Golinkin is a proven health care entrepreneur who has started and successfully run three health-related companies during the past 25 years, including RediClinic since 2001. He also co-founded American Medical Communications Inc., which became one of the nation’s largest producers and distributors of health-related television and video programming, and America’s Health Network Inc., which became the nation’s largest health-related cable television network, with one of the most popular health-related websites, according to the Rite Aid announcement. Golinkin also is the current president of the Convenient Care Association.

Staniforth, who started her pharmacy career as a pharmacist in Johannesburg, South Africa, joined Rite Aid after moving to the United States. She has continued to take on roles of increasing leadership and operating responsibility, including regional pharmacy vice president, division pharmacy vice president and, most recently, group vice president of pharmacy initiatives and clinical ­services.

“Karen has made countless contributions to our company since joining Rite Aid in 1998,” Thompson said. “Her knowledge and experience of retail pharmacy and clinical services, coupled with her strong business acumen, will be instrumental as she works with Web to expand Health Dialog’s portfolio of clients and scope of ­services.”

Health Dialog works with third-party payers, employers and providers — as well as Rite Aid — to improve the health and wellness of their members, employees, patients and customers while reducing costs and improving performance in key quality measures, such as NCQA’s HEDIS and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Star Ratings.
Health Dialog’s unique capabilities include data analytics, a multimedia coaching platform, and a 24/7 nurse line.


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