• By Joe Dangor

Walmart Introduces Cancer Care Benefit for Associates at Mayo Clinic

October 7, 2014

The following is a news release issued by Walmart today

Contact: Randy Hargrove: 1-800-331-0085 news.walmart.com/reporter

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 7, 2014 – Building on its innovative program that has enhanced the quality of health care for its associates, Walmart announced it is expanding its Centers of Excellence program to include three cancers with Mayo Clinic, one of the nation’s leading health care providers.

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Walmart associates and family members enrolled in the company’s health reimbursement account plans or health savings account plan who are diagnosed with breast, lung or colorectal cancer can obtain a review of their medical records by Mayo Clinic, and when recommended, receive care covered at 100 percent for on-site visits at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center locations in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., or Phoenix, Ariz.

“We are proud to expand our Centers of Excellence with Mayo Clinic to help ensure that our associates and their covered family members who are diagnosed with cancer receive the best care,” said Sally Welborn, senior vice president of global benefits at Walmart. “The three cancers covered under our program are among the most prevalent experienced by associates on our health care plans.”

"We are pleased that Walmart approached us to help its associates diagnosed with breast, colon and lung cancer,” said Jan Buckner, M.D., deputy director for practice at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. “Our coordinated approach to cancer care offers patients the latest advances in treatment in a compassionate and caring environment.”

Walmart’s Centers of Excellence cancer program will provide a review of an associate’s medical record, or their covered family member’s medical record, by Mayo Clinic oncologists following a diagnosis of breast, lung or colorectal cancer. The review will determine if they would benefit from an on-site visit at a Mayo Clinic location. On-site visits will be covered at 100 percent and will include recommended treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation or surgery without deductible or coinsurance, plus travel expenses for the patient and a caregiver.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that breast cancer is the most common type of cancer, with about 235,000 new cases expected in the United States in 2014. Lung cancer, with over 224,000 cases expected this year, and colorectal cancer, with a projected 136,000 new cases in 2014, also rank among the most common cancers in the U.S.

Walmart launched its first-of-a-kind Centers of Excellence program in January 2013, which focused on select spine and cardiac procedures. In 2014, Walmart partnered with the Pacific Business Group on Health to extend the Centers of Excellence program to include knee and hip replacement procedures. Walmart first partnered with Mayo Clinic in 1997 for associates in need of organ transplants.

Walmart remains committed to making healthcare affordable for its associates. Hundreds of associates and their family members have elected to receive Centers of Excellence care since 2013.


About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better -- anytime and anywhere -- in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 250 million customers and members visit our 11,053 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About Mayo Clinic

Recognizing 150 years of serving humanity in 2014, Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit 150 years.mayoclinic.orghttp://www.mayoclinic.org/ and newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.

Congratulations to all on such an outstanding accomplishment!


Congratulations on an incredible achievement!


Very impressive and well deserved. These individuals clearly were focused on continuous quality improvement long before the Quality Academy or the Quality Fellows Program existed. Outstanding!


BRAVO gentlemen! Gene, Dr. Rupp, Dr. Swensen and Dr. Zimmerman; you are all extremely deserving of the award. Congratulations!




Thank you for the affirmation of the Diamond Awardees. The Quality Academy is thrilled to recognize the outstanding achievements of this year’s awardees. – The Quality Academy Staff


Congratulations to all but especially to my old Saint Marys colleague Gene Dankbar who exemplifies quality in work and character. Well deserved, Gene.


Congratulations Gene, Dr. Rupp, Dr. Swensen and Dr. Zimmerman for this recognition of the many quality initiatives you have led for Mayo Clinic!


Congratulations to all the recipients. In particular, I also want to especially congratulate Gene. He is not only a brilliant S&P Analyst, but he is also a fantastic Quality coach and mentor to numerous people. He will always make time to assist a colleague. Gene is a shining example of the Mayo value of teamwork.


Congratulations to all. A special shout out to Gene Dankbar. Gene mentored early quality initiatives with SWWI staff.


Congratulations especially to Steve Swensen who has done so much to establish the importance of formal programs in Quality and Safety at Mayo. It's great to see the wonderful results of all of those efforts.

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