Carle at The Fields
Carle is excited to announce Carle at The Fields, a new development at the I-57 and Curtis Road interchange in Champaign, that will consolidate in one place various Carle and Health Alliance administrative and support functions. This 300,000 square foot office-based facility will allow for improved efficiencies of operations, productivity of employees and better use of scarce healthcare dollars, while enhancing Carle’s ability to expand healthcare access and services at existing clinical locations, and helping set a new trajectory of growth for our communities.
The Time is Now
To support its growth in recent years, Carle has increasingly turned to leased office space in Urbana and Champaign to locate various departments. The large amount of leased space, the expense of leasing, and the inefficiencies of separate departments and employees, along with the relatively low cost of financing, led to a comprehensive space review in 2014 and a decision in 2015 to build and own a new facility. Pending approval by the City of Champaign, the project is scheduled to break ground in 2016 with moves in winter 2017–2018.
Carle at The Fields is part of Carle’s strategic goal to improve efficiency and reduce long-term costs. Cost pressures from the Affordable Care Act, reduced reimbursement from State and Federal sources, and rising supply and labor costs require Carle to look at long term savings opportunities. Spending $4 million annually for leased space does not make sense when a single facility can be built and maintained for 35-40 percent less expense over the next 20 years.
- A good financial decision – 35-40 percent annual savings available via consolidation and direct ownership. Financing rates are good, which makes the financing options attractive. Substantial savings can be reinvested into ongoing health care services and future needs.
- Employee engagement and culture – Brings employees together who are currently spread over multiple locations. Supports employee collaboration, teamwork, communication, and engagement.
- A good business decision – Carle and Health Alliance have outgrown existing leased spaces. Health Alliance now has employees in four different local leased locations. Employees spread out at 10 locations is inherently inefficient and costly; consolidating employees into one place is more efficient and productive. With the expected growth of clinical services to meet local and regional demand occurring at existing and new care sites, Carle is hiring more providers who need to be in close proximity to Carle Foundation Hospital. It’s important to use main campus and clinic facilities for expanded patient care services rather than to have administrative and business functions mixed in that space.
- Efficiency improvements – “Smart space” design principles with flexible space, video conferencing and other elements to improve collaboration. Consolidated utilities, IT, courier stops and less employee travel will provide efficiencies.
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Property taxes on leased spaces are paid by the building owners based on the assessed value of the structure and land. Those taxes will continue to be paid by the property owners and therefore will not affect local taxing bodies. Carle intends to pay property taxes on a significant portion of its new building, specifically those areas of the building used for Health Alliance offices and other areas unrelated to direct hospital and clinic operations. However, Carle expects to apply for property tax exemption on certain portions of the building that house departments directly supporting the hospital and clinics.
Economic Impact: Carle Growth Tied to Community Growth
Carle at The Fields is a component of planned expansion of Carle to meet future needs and demands of the region it serves. Carle is planning more projects to serve patients in a more convenient way, attract physicians and employees, and optimize facilities for the future of healthcare. As an integral part of the local and regional economy, Carle believes this project supports the thoughtful, focused, long-term economic development and growth of the region. This is only one of many ambitious and forwardlooking projects currently underway in the community that will help create the platform of community growth for the next 30 years. Taken together, these projects will help elevate Champaign-Urbana to the next level of growth, spur development, attract new businesses and jobs, and attract new residents.
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