Carnival Cruise Lines celebrated the official opening of a new on-site medical facility for its 2,400 employees with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Miami headquarters today.

Among the only facilities of its kind in South Florida, the new 1,100-square-foot Carnival Care Center provides walk-in medical treatment for non-emergency illnesses and injuries, as well as management of chronic medical conditions, preventive care, and a variety of health consultation and wellness services.

This new health clinic complements the company’s existing employee wellness initiatives which also include an on-site gym, fitness and yoga classes, and healthy eating seminars, placing Carnival among the leading corporations in the country for promoting healthier lifestyles for employees, part of a growing trend in this area.  In the past four years, 30 percent of large U.S. corporations have opened on-site health clinics, 16 percent offer pharmacy services and 67 percent have implemented on-site fitness programs and facilities.

“Along with our on-site child development center and fitness facilities, the Carnival Care Center helps make Carnival Cruise Lines one of the most employee-focused places to work in South Florida,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “Carnival Care Center not only helps our employees lead healthier lives but also provides Carnival with a competitive advantage in employee recruitment and retention.”

Located in the South Tower lobby of Carnival’s Miami headquarters, the Carnival Care Center is operated by Marathon Health, a leading nationwide provider of workplace health services. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the facility is staffed by a licensed nurse practitioner and a medical assistant, with examination rooms, a medical lab and a conference room.

Cahill noted that having the clinic on site is convenient for employees requiring immediate access to care for diagnosis and treatment of a non-emergency illness or injury, or pharmacy and lab services, but its true value lies in the important role the new clinic will play in improving employees’ health and wellness.

“According to the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all illnesses are preventable by controlling high-risk health factors,” said Cahill. “Carnival Care Center medical staff are trained in health coaching and in administering smoking-cessation, stress-management and weight-control programs, among many other services, which can contribute to improving our employees’ overall quality of life.”

An array of primary care services, from treatment for colds and flu to sprains, migraines and skin irritations, as well as allergy shots, annual exams, immunizations, and pregnancy education, are available. Wellness-related services include health coaching for weight management, cholesterol, tobacco cessation, fitness, nutrition and stress management. Generic prescription medications are available, as well.

One of South Florida’s largest employers, Carnival Cruise Lines has been based in Miami since the company was established in 1972.  Carnival Cruise Lines operates a fleet of 24 vessels and also serves as the flagship company of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise vacation group with more than 100 ships across 10 global cruise brands.  Carnival’s headquarters are located within a two-building 450,000-square-foot complex in the northwestern section of Miami-Dade County.