There's a Better Way Episode 1

How COVID-19 Has Upended Assumptions About Care

TIME recently named Walgreens one of the 100 Most Influential Companies of 2022, noting that as of March 2022, the company had administered 60 million COVID-19 vaccines and 26 million tests. In this episode, host Melanie Marcus, Chief Marketing Officer of Surescripts, sits down with a guest who has had a truly noteworthy career:

Tasha Polster began as a cashier at the Walgreens across the street from her high school before rising through the ranks to become the company’s Vice President for Pharmacy Quality, Compliance and Patient Safety. In this role, she led the national rollout of COVID-19 tests and vaccines in thousands of stores across the country. As a leader who is helping to reimagine how care can and should be delivered in this “new normal,” Tasha shares both personal stories and her perspective on the value of innovation, collaboration and partnership during challenging times.

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Tasha Polster

Vice President for Pharmacy Quality, Compliance and Patient Safety, Walgreens

Now an accomplished and dedicated pharmacy executive, Tasha began her career as a cashier at the Walgreens across the street from her high school. Over the course of 40 years, she became a pharmacist and gradually rose through the ranks to become the company’s Vice President for Pharmacy Quality, Compliance and Patient Safety. She enjoys the daily challenge of mitigating risk and ensuring compliance in the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

Melanie Marcus

Chief Marketing Officer, Surescripts

Melanie joined Surescripts as Chief Marketing Officer in 2017, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of marketing, technology and healthcare. Based in our Arlington, Virginia, office, she loves serving as “chief storyteller,” helping people understand how technology unites our fragmented healthcare system.

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