We’re Elevating Your Health and Wellness Experience … Now

Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Consumables and Health & Wellness
April 11, 2018

We’re Elevating Your Health and Wellness Experience … Now

By Sean Jackson
Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Consumables and Health & Wellness
April 11, 2018
Sam's Club Pharmacy

Sam’s Club offers more screenings, makes insurance simple and helps members shed Shingles

As the new leader of the Consumables and Health & Wellness categories at Sam’s Club, I’ve committed to our members’ well-being. I’d like to think that I’m a lot like you – a working professional, raising a beautiful daughter and keeping up with a pair of energy-filled dogs, while trying to make a positive difference in the world. I understand time is of the essence when it involves our health and well-being.

Having previously led Sam’s Club’s Technology, Entertainment and Office division, I already see opportunities to better utilize technology and services to empower the member experience from a health and wellness perspective. I promise you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot about that in the months ahead, but we’ve got some big things happening right now.

New Pharmacist Screenings
We’ve leveraged our talented pharmacy teams to bring our health screening program to clubs in 30* states. Our pharmacists can provide glucose and cholesterol tests anytime the pharmacy is open, bringing convenience to members. 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.

These no-appointment-needed health screenings can be just as important as your annual exam with a primary physician. They help detect early onset of a number of serious medical conditions, like heart disease and diabetes. Blood glucose screenings are free for Sam’s Club members, while cholesterol screenings (HDL–good, LDL- bad, triglycerides and total cholesterol) are only $15 for Plus members and $19 for Club members.

Free Health Screenings on Saturday, April 14
As we introduce our everyday pharmacist screenings, I also want to remind our communities about our next free health screening event taking place this Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all clubs with a pharmacy. Tests include blood pressure, body fat percentage, blood glucose levels, cholesterol (total and HDL), and in select clubs, vision and hearing.

If you’ve ever had shingles or know of someone who has, you know it’s an extremely painful virus and not something you can easily ignore. That’s why Sam’s Club is thrilled to now carry Shingrix at our pharmacies across the country.

In addition to Shingrix being the first new shingles vaccine developed in more than a decade – and just the second ever approved by the Food and Drug Administration – it is the preferred shingles vaccine according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When these kinds of breakthroughs happen, Sam’s Club has, and will, continue to provide these new and proven vaccines to our patients. This vaccine is also covered by most insurance providers, so be sure to ask our pharmacy team about your copay.

And speaking of insurance, we all know health insurance continues to be a critical issue for many small business owners. So we’ve gone beyond our own pharmacy, optical and other offerings to ensure members have access to the health and wellness coverage they deserve. By teaming up with SimplyInsured, Sam’s Club now provides our members who own small businesses access to some of the lowest-cost health insurance available. By logging into SimplyInsured through Sam’s Club, members can easily identify plans that align with Sam’s Club as a preferred pharmacy and receive quotes. In fact, according to SimplyInsured, members can save up to $500 per employee, per year on their healthcare.

You read that right. That’s a huge win for our members with small businesses.

Say Hello
I’m still learning the ropes in this new area of the Sam’s Club business, but I can tell you it’s already amazing to be a part of bringing the best possible health and wellness experience to our members – and guests (remember, you don't have to be a member to use our pharmacy).

We’re proud to have earned the JD Power award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Mass Merchandiser Pharmacies two years in a row. I’d like to encourage our members (and non-members) to meet your local Sam’s Club pharmacist because relationships are key in every aspect of life. And, while you're at it, do the same in our vision center, where we’ll be announcing even more new features soon.

We’re here to serve you, whether in health and wellness or any other part of our club and online offerings. Visit us today and let us know how we can help.

*In tandem with state laws and regulations, we offer pharmacist screenings in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.