Rite Aid Announces Key Appointments at Health Dialog
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced today that RediClinic CEO Web Golinkin will assume additional responsibilities as the chief executive officer of Health Dialog. In addition, Rite Aid’s Group Vice President of Pharmacy Initiatives and Clinical Services Karen Staniforth has been promoted to the role of chief operating officer at Health Dialog. Both RediClinic and Health Dialog are wholly owned subsidiaries of Rite Aid.
As CEO of Health Dialog, Golinkin will lead the development of Health Dialog’s business strategy. In her new role, Staniforth who will report directly to Golinkin, will execute Health Dialog’s business strategy and oversee day-to-day business operations. Golinkin will continue reporting to Robert Thompson, Rite Aid’s executive vice president of pharmacy. Both appointments are effective immediately. Golinkin succeeds Dr. Robert Mandel, who has resigned to pursue other interests.
“An accomplished veteran of the healthcare industry, Web has brought a unique level of expertise and experience with him to RediClinic, Rite Aid and now Health Dialog,” said Thompson. “We look forward to benefitting from Web’s leadership and strategic thinking as we continue build, grow and strengthen Health Dialog’s population health management tools and programs. As Rite Aid continues to transform itself into a growing retail healthcare company, we anticipate that Health Dialog and RediClinic will play an important role in this process.”
Golinkin, who will continue to serve as CEO of RediClinic, is a proven healthcare 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. A graduate of Harvard University, Golinkin is the current president of the Convenient Care Association.
Staniforth started her career in pharmacy as a pharmacist in Johannesburg, South Africa. She later joined Sandoz, now a part of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, overseeing retail sales operations for the company in Cape Town, South Africa. She subsequently 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. She is a pharmacy graduate of Witwatersrand Technikon, Johannesburg, South Africa.
“An experienced and talented operator, Karen has made countless contributions to our company since joining Rite Aid in 1998,” said Thompson. “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.”
Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.
Health Dialog Services Corporation is a leading provider of population health management solutions. The company works with the nation’s largest third-party payers, employers and providers – as well as Health Dialog’s parent company, 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 CMS’ Stars ratings. Health Dialog’s unique capabilities include data analytics, a multi-media coaching platform, and a 24/7 nurse line. For more information, visit www.healthdialog.com.
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