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Carleā€™s Beginning

The system’s flagship Carle Foundation Hospital ranks as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades and for more than ten years has held Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest honor for nursing care. The system includes the 433-bed Carle Foundation Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center and Level III perinatal services center, the 24-bed critical access Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, the 104-bed Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, Carle Physician Group with more than 1,000 doctors and advanced practice providers, and Health Alliance. Health Alliance is a leading provider-driven health plan serving Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Washington. In 2018, Health Alliance was awarded by J.D. Power for highest member satisfaction among commercial health plans in the Illinois and Indiana Region. This consistent commitment to high-quality care is delivered by strong employees and Carle is proud to be named a Great Place to Work®.

Our History

The history of Carle began in 1918 when Margaret Burt Carle Morris left $40,000 to the City of Urbana to start a hospital. Her donation led to the creation of The Urbana Memorial Hospital Association. Her name – Carle – stands as an enduring testimony to the roots of the organization.

In 1931, J.C. Thomas Rogers and Hugh L. Davison, two physicians from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., 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.


Did you know?

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

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.

Though separated into two distinct organizations in 1946, the clinic and hospital reunited on April 1, 2010, and continue to provide high-quality healthcare and advancements in medical research.

Together known simply as Carle, Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group are proud of a long history of bringing world-class health care to the residents of east central Illinois.

As the world's first engineering-based college of medicine, Carle Illinois College of Medicine leverages advanced technology to train physician-innovators who will deliver better, more compassionate and accessible care to patients worldwide. Engaging creative minds in a case-driven, problem-based, active-learning curriculum with early clinical immersion is just one way we're setting a new bar for medical education.

This vertical integration means Carle will improve the health of the people we serve, for generations to come.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values


We serve people through high-quality care, medical research and education.


Improve the health of the people we serve by providing world-class, accessible care through an integrated delivery system.


ICARE - Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence