Walmart hires executive to help expand healthcare business

Walmart opened its first freestanding health center in September, and the company has hired a new executive to help the company grow its healthcare business.

The retail giant's first standalone clinic, called Walmart Health, opened Sept. 13 in Dallas, Ga. The 10,000-square-foot clinic offers a variety of services, ranging from primary care to labs to dental, in one facility.

Walmart plans to open several more freestanding health centers, and has chosen Roshan Parikh, DDS, to help develop and implement a strategic roadmap for their dental services. As Walmart Health's head of dentistry, Dr. Parikh said he'll show the company it's possible to expand quickly without sacrificing the patient experience.

"I believe in mentorship and patient-focused care and cannot wait to bring this perspective into Walmart so that together we can help so many more patients receive the dental care they need and could not afford before now," Dr. Parikh said in a news release.

Dr. Parikh is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago – College of Dentistry, and he also has an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. He purchased his first dental practice in 2008 and grew it into a network of more than 20 dental practices. He also founded a dental consulting firm to help mentor entrepreneurial dentists.

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