Sam’s Club upgrades health-and-wellness experience

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Sam’s Club upgrades health-and-wellness experience

By David Salazar - 04/11/2018
Sam’s club is bringing a slew of health-and-wellness services to its shoppers. The retailer will be offering patients health screenings from pharmacists, introducing the Shingrix shingles vaccine and adding health insurance services for small business through SimplyInsured. The Bentonville, Ark.-based company also will be hosting a free screening event on April 14.

The new initiatives were unveiled by the company’s new senior vice president and general merchandise manager of consumables and health and wellness Sean Jackson, who was most recently the company’s senior vice president/DMM office and entertainment. In a corporate blog post, Jackson, who succeeds the recently retired Jill Turner-Mitcheal, said that its pharmacies will now be offering free blood glucose screenings and cholesterol screenings in 30 states. Patients who are Plus-tier members will pay $15 for the cholesterol screenings and Club members will pay $19 per screening.

“This offering — along with the rest of our lineup of award-winning services and offerings, including immunizations, optical and hearing aid centers, and higi health stations — are part of our ongoing effort to help members lead healthier lives,” Jackson said in the post.

The warehouse club chain also is introducing GSK’s recently introduced Shingrix vaccine, which Jackson said is covered by most insurance providers. As for its health insurance offering, Jackson said Sam’s Club, through a partnership with SimplyInsured, is now offering members who are small business owners plans that feature Sam’s Club as a preferred pharmacy. Patients can compare plan prices by using SimplyInsured through Sam’s Club, with some plans offering savings of as much as $500 per employee per year.

Sam’s Club’s screening event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all locations with a pharmacy. The event will offer blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and body fat percentage screenings, as well as vision and hearing screenings at clubs with the capabilities.