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Dollar General, which last year said it would put more investment into healthcare products and services, this week announced the members of a healthcare advisory panel designed to help it achieve its goals.

The panel will be chaired by the company's chief medical officer Dr. Albert Wu, and will include Dr. Patrick Carrol, chief medical officer at Vida Health and formerly chief medical officer at Walgreens … Dr. Kat, chief strategy officer at Personal Care Medical Associates and National Board Director for National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization … Dr. Von Nguyen, Clinical Lead of Public and Population Health at Google … and Dr. Yolanda Hill Wimberly, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer at Grady Health Systems.

 “With a belief in furthering our mission of Serving Others, the panel will provide guidance and prioritization of efforts in the areas of health and wellness at DG,:" Wu said in a prepared statement.  "We are proud to have a diversity of perspectives and experience represented on the panel, helping us better understand our customers and provide meaningful solutions to the complex problems of healthcare."

KC's View:

Everybody is getting into the healthcare act, and so it'll be interesting to see what Dollar General brings to the table.  If it can make a difference in terms of bringing costs down for customers, that's a good thing.  On the other hand, dollar stores work a very specific and somewhat narrow lane, and the company has to be careful not to let this venture dilute its image and value proposition.