Carle Foundation Hospital | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). This 345-bed nonprofit regional care hospital gets its name from Margaret Burt Carle Morris, an early settler of Urbana who donated $40,000 to the city to form The Urbana Memorial Hospital Association. When two physicians from Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic established an Urbana-based hospital in 1931, they named it Carle Memorial in her honor. Today, the hospital is owned by the Carle Foundation, which includes the Carle Physician Group and Health Alliance Medical Plans.

Carle Foundation Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, one of four campuses overseen by University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. According to 2014 American Hospital Association data, Carle Foundation Hospital counted nearly 20,000 annual admissions, nearly 6,000 inpatient surgeries, nearly 270,000 outpatient visits and more than 70,000 emergency room visits. It offers the only Level I trauma center and the only independent Level III perinatal service in the area.

Carle Foundation Hospital is ranked as high-performing in 12 specialties by U.S. News & World Report and is Magnet-recognized for excellence in nursing. Healthgrades also named it one of America's Best Hospitals in 2015.

This year, Carle Health contracted with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to launch a new engineering-based medical school, the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, which could open as early as fall 2017.

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