Gary M. Wimberly
Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President, Information Technology
As Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Express Scripts Holding Company, Mr. Wimberly is responsible for ensuring that Information Systems are aligned with Express Scripts’ business strategies. His focus is on the overall IT strategy and performance specifically related to defining and focusing the organization on delivering innovative solutions, driving process improvements, improving productivity and building a superior team.
With over 30 years experience in Information Technology, Mr. Wimberly has experience in multiple industries including retail, software development, manufacturing, management consulting, consumer packaged goods and healthcare.
While at Express Scripts, Mr. Wimberly has held several positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Supply Chain Systems and Vice President of Corporate Client & Patient Systems.
Prior to joining Express Scripts, Mr. Wimberly held key leadership positions in logistic systems and manufacturing systems for Mallinckrodt Worldwide, a division of Tyco International. Prior to joining Tyco, Mr. Wimberly served as a senior manager with Ernst & Young, LLP with responsibility for several key accounts and the regional Oracle Service Line.
A Passion for Patient Care and Learning
Several times a year, students and teachers visit our Express Scripts Innovation Lab, a cutting-edge collaboration and solution development center where data analysts and clinical specialists identify strategies to improve the healthcare experience for the 85 million patients we serve. These visits allow educators and their students to see up close how we use math and big data, technology and in-depth healthcare expertise to deliver great service and care.
A recent visit reminded me of my own student experiences with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As president of my high-school math club and a graduate of the first class to receive computer-science degrees from my alma mater, I didn’t realize at the time how much and how often I would apply STEM to my work and career.
I couldn’t have imagined how well it would prepare me to serve as chief information officer (CIO) of the world’s largest IT healthcare company. Perhaps no other business model I have seen more uniquely combines IT, healthcare technology and big data than Express Scripts.
We are reminded every day how important STEM is to our quality of life. Innovation in healthcare can originate anywhere because the STEM community speaks the common languages of math and science. Critical career fields like healthcare need more voices to join that dialogue, where their skills and knowledge are in high demand and short supply.
Studies demonstrate a troubling disparity between the need for STEM professionals and the number of American students studying STEM disciplines. One national study projects 60% of emerging jobs will require some application of STEM expertise. However, only 20% of the workforce currently possesses that expertise.
As a result, our country has fallen behind and is not creating enough next-generation STEM leaders, who are desperately needed for now and tomorrow. This trend has been cause for concern throughout American business, and is felt profoundly across the healthcare landscape.
Express Scripts is among the companies working to encourage and increase interest and participation in math and science education. Staying at the forefront of STEM achievement will allow our nation to lead globally. These efforts include dedicated outreach to underserved and female students, who have not traditionally pursued STEM courses of study.
I am gratified and honored my role as a STEM leader at Express Scripts and in healthcare allows me to share my love of math and science with others and create opportunities for a new generation of visionaries. Some will join us at Express Scripts, taking up our mission of making healthcare more accessible and affordable. That’s our most direct impact. Beyond that, we also look to support efforts in the more than 80 communities nationwide where we work, so that we foster a love of learning and demonstrate the exciting career possibilities that exist in STEM.
We sponsor and participate in several significant initiatives focused on STEM awareness, education and related career opportunities. Often we bring students and teachers on site, where STEM knowledge and skills can be seen and discussed in practical application:
Pathways for Teachers
Affiliated with Pathways to Prosperity, Pathways for Teachers is a non-profit organization that sponsors student and teacher visits to businesses built on STEM disciplines and significant STEM workforce representation. Express Scripts hosts several Pathways groups annually.
The Pathways program trains teachers in STEM curriculum design and strategies to drive student interest in STEM education and careers. Additionally, Express Scripts employees frequently participate in Pathways tours of our campus, discussing how they use STEM as part of their job and the STEM-related degree programs they pursued.
STEMPact was created by leaders at companies like Express Scripts to support STEM education. The program includes a two-week teacher workshop on STEM lesson planning and classroom tactics for engaging and encouraging student interest in STEM education.
Express Scripts also hosts STEMPact-sponsored forums with STEM leaders who discuss how they turned their love of math and science into a fulfilling career. Our most recent discussion included two women from minority groups who addressed the importance of female representation in STEM education and careers.
Co-founded by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts and St. Louis College of Pharmacy, BESt is a summer program that immerses high-performing diverse students from St. Louis high schools in STEM academics for six weeks. Focused specifically on healthcare and pharmacy careers, BESt offers sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity to interact with STEM professionals in a corporate setting.
In addition to these programs, the Express Scripts Foundation regularly awards grants to organizations actively engaged in STEM education, especially females and students who might not traditionally pursue science and technology careers. The Girl Scouts and the Challenger Learning Center in St. Louis are using creative, hands-on approaches to encourage science-related learning and career choices.
During my career in technology, I’ve seen many game-changing applications of STEM, but none more transformational than those in healthcare over the past five years. At Express Scripts we improve patient quality of life daily, through the fast, easy and efficient delivery of care and services, striving always to find better ways to deliver that care.
That aspiration would be impossible to realize without STEM, which serves as the foundation of everything we do in healthcare, and everything we strive to do in making the patient experience even better. I’m proud to be part of it every day, and in making an investment in the future leaders who will carry that commitment forward.