October 30, 2008
Cisco Unveils Integrated On-Site Health Care, Child Care and Fitness Facility for Employees
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, today unveiled its state-of-the-art LifeConnections Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO. The LifeConnections Center will provide Cisco employees at the company's San Jose headquarters with a full suite of services including health care, child care and fitness offerings in a single location.
"The LifeConnections Center was created to serve as a comprehensive model that showcases the convergence of leading-edge technology and health care, while effectively managing the company's health costs over time," said Brian Schipper, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Cisco. "We're excited to foster a flexible, healthier, more productive and more innovative work environment for our employees."The health care center will offer medical care through an independent medical group with software services provided by Cerner Corp. It will provide Cisco employees and their dependents with on-campus access to a full range of medical care services, from primary care and physical exams to immunizations, lab work, health coaching and an on-site pharmacy operated by Walgreens. Employees can use the facility on an as-needed basis or for primary care, while still continuing the relationships they have with their private physicians.
The LifeConnections Center will also be home to Cisco's second on-site employer-sponsored child care facility, Families@1st, which is administered by Children's Creative Learning Centers. The Families@1st child care center was opened in September 2008 and can accommodate 400 children. Since 2000, Cisco has been providing employees with on-site childcare for 450 children through the Cisco Family Connection, administered by Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Utilizing Cisco's streaming video solution, parents are able to view their children throughout the day from their work computers.
The third aspect of the LifeConnections Center is a 48,000-square-foot fitness center, administered by TimeOut Services. It includes a multipurpose gymnasium, sauna/steam rooms and group exercise studios.
Located adjacent to Cisco's corporate headquarters in San Jose, the 112,000-square-foot facility is a gold-level, LEED-certified green building that highlights environmentally sound construction, energy use and design.
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