CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced the opening of the airline's new employee health clinic at O'Hare International Airport. The clinic, managed by Walgreens, will serve a broad scope of employees' health needs, such as urgent care for routine illness, travel and other immunizations including flu shots, prepackaged medications, job-related physical training and pre-employment physicals, at no cost to employees. The convenient access to these and other health care services is available to all United employees, including the more than 10,000 co-workers in the Chicago area.
United's Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Smisek joined Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson for the clinic's ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.
"We're continuing to make significant investments in United, including investments in our co-workers," said Smisek. "This clinic will offer convenient health services at no charge to keep our co-workers feeling and performing well."
The 5,200-square-foot facility, located in the airport's Terminal 2 arrivals area, is the only one of its kind for any airline at O'Hare. United also offers health care clinics for its employees at its Cleveland, Houston, Guam and Newark/New York hubs.
"More employers are recognizing the benefits of worksite health centers and wellness programs to improve the overall health, satisfaction and productivity of their employees, while also reducing costs," said Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson. "This project brings together two companies with deep Chicago roots to make health and wellness a top priority."
This marks the fifth workplace health clinic for United, all managed by Walgreens. United's O'Hare facility adds to the more than 370 employer-based worksite health and wellness centers managed and operated by Walgreens Employer Solutions Group.
The clinic opening complements United's overall focus on and commitment to health and wellness for its employees, including fitness programs, free flu shots and health assessments.
"United's new clinic is in line with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's mission to encourage healthy habits for Chicago residents," said Rosemarie S. Andolino, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). "This facility further demonstrates United's commitment to its employees and investment here at O'Hare."
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day to 378 airports on six continents from the airline's hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United now has 180 airplanes featuring DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022. In 2012, United was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. United was rated the world's most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) vision is to become America's first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,061 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.
SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.