The Carle integrated health care system serves as a model for effective and efficient healthcare delivery throughout east central Illinois and throughout the nation. Comprised of a 393-bed tertiary care hospital, a 380-member employed physician group practice, and a 400,000-member health plan, the Carle system is designed to deliver high-quality health care at the lowest appropriate cost while providing exemplary community benefits.
Carle's model ensures that primary care, specialty care, and inpatient care are delivered in a seamless environment built upon a system-wide EPIC electronic medical record, evidence-based medicine, and a focus on continuous quality improvement. An environment where well-trained and credentialed physicians, technology, information systems, and relentless quality improvement lead to nationally-recognized outcomes for patients.
By employing a large, multi-specialty physician group, Carle is able to align outpatient and inpatient care, incentivize high-quality performance, maintain flexibility to change as technology and regulatory influences evolve, and ensure seamless flow of patients into and throughout the system. By extending physician services throughout the region, Carle is able to conveniently deliver ambulatory health care locally while creating a destination tertiary hospital for advanced inpatient and outpatient care.
This integrated model is highly attractive to providers - doctors, mid-levels, nurses, technicians - because it allows for a comprehensive approach to medical care in a forward-thinking environment.
With its health plan (Health Alliance Medical Plans), Carle ensures accountable care is delivered in a cost-effective way. With the availability of robust data sets from both the provider side and the payor side, Carle is poised to meet the demands of coordinated care, value-based purchasing, and patient-centered medical homes where all stakeholders are aligned to maximize value to patients, employers and payors through a holistic perspective on cost, quality, and access.
Carle's model of hospitals, employed physicians, and a captive health plan form the core elements of an efficient and quality-driven organization. Carle's model is predicated on the same principles of self-direction and alignment in order to fully meet all stakeholder demands. Through this model, Carle can make the necessary investments to improve systems of care, not focus solely on incremental improvements in one area of healthcare delivery. Furthermore, Carle's model is physician-led and patient-centered.
Physician leadership and physician participation in all strategic and operational decisions creates an environment focused on what is best for the patient - clinical quality and efficiency.
In addition to the core businesses, Carle also owns and operates an ambulance service, home health services, a retail medical supply business, a retirement community, and two ambulatory surgery centers.
A Culture of Health
Carle's goal is to be known for advancing a culture of health among patients, employees, physicians and partners, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of our communities.
As an integrated healthcare delivery system, Carle will foster this culture by relentlessly pursuing the highest standards of clinical practices, quality outcomes and the patient-focused experience. Carle will become a center for medical innovation through research, education and technology. And, Carle will extend its commitment to health through employee wellness programs, innovative healthcare delivery models, insurance product design, partnerships with area providers, and community outreach efforts.
By applying this vision to everything it does, Carle will continue to be a trusted leader in the region; redefining and enhancing the value of healthcare for the people it serves.
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