Cisco Systems opens private medical practice on RTP campus
Cisco Systems, the global computer networking giant, opened its own medical practice in Research Triangle Park this week in an unorthodox move designed to stem runaway medical costs and provide high-end health care for employees and their families.
Cisco’s strategy runs counter to the majority of businesses that are cutting back health coverage and asking employees to pay more for their insurance benefits. Company officials said that, as a self-insured company, Cisco is opting for comprehensive management of employees’ health.
“We would like to have everything coordinated,” said Ted Kezios Sr., Cisco’s director for global benefits. “It’s about reducing medical costs not only for Cisco but more importantly for our employees and their families.”
The California technology company on Wednesday offered a tour of its LifeConnections Health Center, to be staffed by 25 medical professionals and assistants from UNC Health Care. The spa-like center, which will be open Monday through Saturday, is equipped with Cisco’s 2-way video monitors for remote consultations; features a Zen Suite for massages, acupuncture and chiropractic; and has an on-site optician and an optometrist offering an array of designer frames.