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Rite Aid announces executive changes at Health Dialog

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Health Dialog Services Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of East Pennsboro Township-based Rite Aid Corp., has two new executives.

Web Golinkin -- who is CEO of RediClinic, another Rite Aid subsidiary -- is assuming additional responsibilities as CEO of Health Dialog, according to a news release. And Karen Staniforth has been promoted from Rite Aid group vice president of pharmacy initiatives and clinical services to Health Dialog COO.

Both appointments are effective immediately. The release says Golinkin succeeds Robert Mandel, "who has resigned to pursue other interests." Mandel had been CEO since January 2013.

"As CEO of Health Dialog, Golinkin will lead the development of Health Dialog's business strategy," the release says. "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."

Thompson said the company looks forward to benefiting from Golinkin'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 health care company, we anticipate that Health Dialog and RediClinic will play an important role in this process," Thompson said.

Staniforth joined Rite Aid in 1998, Thompson said, and "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."

A graduate of Harvard University, Golinkin is the president of the Convenient Care Association. He "has started and successfully run three health-related companies during the past 25 years, including RediClinic since 2001," according to Rite Aid. The other two companies were 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."

Hotline available during Obamacare open enrollment

Rite Aid also announced that it will offer a free hotline during the Obamacare open enrollment period, which will start Nov. 15 and run through Feb. 15, 2015. It will feature independent, licensed insurance agents.

"The agents will be able to help customers compare health care plans based on individual needs, and will be able to advise customers on Medicaid eligibility in applicable states," the release says. "Customers will also be able to enroll in a plan over the phone if they choose. All Rite Aid stores will have brochures with information on the Affordable Care Act and information will also be offered on www.riteaid.com/affordablecare."

“We know that many of our customers will be looking for help as they search for the best health insurance solutions for themselves and their families," Thompson said. "Our resources will help them make the right choices this enrollment period.”

Shares of Rite Aid stock are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RAD.

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