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Carle’s Beginning

Based in Urbana, IL, Carle Health is vertically integrated with more than 11,000 employees in its hospitals, a multi-specialty physician group, health plans and associated healthcare businesses including the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school. Carle is proud to be named a Great Place to Work®. Carle Foundation Hospital ranks as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades and for more than 10 years has held Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest honor for nursing care. The 453-bed Carle Foundation Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and offers Level III perinatal services, Carle BroMenn Medical Center with 221 beds in Bloomington-Normal and nearby 25-bed critical access Eureka Hospital, the 104-bed Carle Richland Memorial Hospital the 24-bed critical access Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center and a multi-specialty physician group with more than 1,000 doctors and advanced practice providers.

Our History

1918 – Carle Hospital Founding Gift
The history of Carle began in 1918, when Margaret Burt Carle Morris left $40,000 to the city of Urbana to start a hospital. This led to the creation of The Urbana Memorial Hospital Association. Her name, Carle, is an enduring testimony to the roots of the organization. In 1931, J.C. Thomas Rogers and Hugh L. Davison, two doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, moved to Urbana and opened Carle Memorial Hospital and the Rogers-Davison Clinic. Housed in the abandoned Eastern Illinois Medical Sanitarium, the clinic and 15-bed hospital introduced the concept of multi-specialty group practice to the area.

1989 – CarleCare HMO Becomes Health Alliance™
Health Alliance began serving members in east Central Illinois in 1980, under the name CarleCare HMO. In 1989, the name was changed to Health Alliance Medical Plans, and it was reorganized as a for-profit insurance company owned by Carle Clinic.

2010 – Carle Foundation Hospital Merges with the former Carle Clinic
Though separated into two organizations in 1946, the clinic and hospital reunited on April 1, 2010. Together known as Carle, Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group continue to provide high-quality healthcare and advancements in medical research. This vertical integration means we’ll improve the health of the people we serve for generations to come.

2011 – Carle Develops Rural Alliance
Rural Alliance was created to help rural providers collaborate together with Carle Health to ensure rural populations have consistent access to exceptional care and experiences.


Did you know?

For nearly a century, Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group have shared a vision for providing high-quality health care.

2012 – Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center (CHRHC) Joins the System
CHRHC, previously known as Hoopeston Memorial Community Hospital, opened in 1952 and added a 25 bed long-term nursing facility in the 1970s. In 2001, the first of many major renovations took place, with adding a 25 apartment independent living facility, upgrading many departments and adding a 10,000 square foot clinic. In 2011, the board of directors announced they would integrate with Carle Foundation Hospital. In July 2012, a multi-million dollar surgical suite and emergency department renovation was completed, including four new state-of-the-art inpatient rooms. On November 1, 2012, the integration became official and the hospital was renamed Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center. CHRHC now consists of one critical access hospital with 24 beds and eight clinical locations.

2015 – Carle Illinois College of Medicine is Founded
As the world's first engineering-based college of medicine, Carle Illinois College of Medicine leverages advanced technology to train doctor-innovators in delivering better, more compassionate and accessible care to patients worldwide.

2016 – Carle Richland Memorial Hospital (CRMH) Joins the System
Successor to the Olney Sanitarium, Richland Memorial Hospital opened its doors on July 16, 1953. It began its relationship with Carle Foundation Hospital in 2014 as a clinical affiliate. In 2016, Carle and Richland Memorial began exploring full integration to increase access to healthcare services and providers in southeastern Illinois. The board of directors of both voted unanimously to approve the integration, which became official on April 1, 2017. The facility is now known as Carle Richland Memorial Hospital. Administration, management and operations remain local with resources and oversight provided by Carle, to remain aligned in our mission and vision. In 2018 a formal agreement was made to provide air ambulance services to the entire county.

2020 – Carle BroMenn Medical Center (CBMC) and Carle Eureka Hospital Join the System
With its roots established in the late 1800s and early 1900s, BroMenn Healthcare was officially started in 1984 as a combination of Brokaw Hospital, Eureka Community Hospital and Mennonite Hospital. In 1995, BroMenn Medical Group was developed, consisting of primary care medical clinics in five communities and some specialty practices. From 2010-2020, the BroMenn system joined the Downers Grove, IL-based Advocate Health Care during which time BroMenn Regional Medical Center became Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Eureka Community Hospital was renamed Advocate Eureka Hospital. In 2020, all related facilities in Bloomington, Eureka and Normal, IL and in regional areas joined Carle Health. This includes both the hospitals, now known as Carle BroMenn Medical Center and Carle Eureka Hospital, The Center for Outpatient Medicine (Ambulatory Surgery Center) and the Comfort and Care Suites (the Recovery Care Center).

2020 – FirstCarolinaCare and First Medicare Direct
Health Alliance provides administrative services for its affiliate, FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

2022 – CRIS Healthy Aging Joins the System
The center for research, resources and information for seniors in Champaign County and Vermilion County supports individuals over the age of 60, caregivers of grandchildren and caregivers of seniors so those over age 60 maintain a healthy, active lifestyle at home.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values


To be your trusted partner in all healthcare decisions.


Improve health by providing highly accessible, world-class care and service.


Excellence, Integrity, Inclusivity, Compassion, Accountability