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Cheryl Pegus Named EVP of Walmart Health & Wellness

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Dr. Cheryl Pegus has joined Walmart Inc. of Bentonville as its executive vice president of Health & Wellness, effective Dec. 21.

Pegus will report to Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner. Walmart Health & Wellness consists of more than 4,700 pharmacies, more than 3,400 Vision Centers, Walmart Health centers, digital health capabilities and Walmart Insurance Services LLC.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Pegus to the Walmart family to advance our efforts to continue exploring health care solutions for customers and associates, and helping Americans live better — and healthier,” Furner said in a new release. “She is an exceptional leader who will help us deliver care of the highest quality that people can receive at the right time, regardless of insurance coverage. This has never been more important as it is now, while the pandemic continues to put a strain on our healthcare system.”

Pegus’ appointment comes as Walmart focuses more effort on health care services, both for its massive U.S. workforce and its customers. It launched its health insurance brokerage company in October and has been setting up pilot Walmart Health locations, which provide primary, hearing, eye and dental care, lab and x-ray and counseling services. It has offered a $4 generic prescription program for years.

Pegus most recently served as Cambia Health Solutions’ president of consumer health solutions and chief medical officer. She was responsible for clinical and consumer strategy and directed platform consumer products and services including Journi, clinical services, pharmacy, provider and medical management activities.

Pegus hasalso worked in private practice for several years as a cardiologist and for global pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. of New York, and she worked for health insurance company Aetna of Hartford, Connecticut. She was the first chief medical officer at Walgreens.

Pegus co-founded A New Beat, an organization dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health and careers of women and under-represented minorities. She sits on the board of the American Heart Association and is the immediate past board chair for the Association of Black Cardiologists.

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