Carle Fact Sheet

Carle health system combines clinical care, health insurance, research and academics in a way that solves real-world problems today with an eye toward the future.

Supported by a deep philanthropic spirit, Carle is dedicated to doing what it takes to make life better for as many as possible. Its mission is to serve people through high-quality care, medical research and education.

Based in Urbana, IL, The Carle Foundation is vertically integrated with more than 7,000 employees in its hospitals, physician group, health plan and associated healthcare businesses including the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school. The system’s flagship 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 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 118-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 2019, Health Alliance was awarded “Highest Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Illinois/Indiana Region” in the J.D. Power 2019 Member Health Plan StudySM.

Strong employees deliver this consistent commitment to high-quality care, and Carle is proud to be named a Great Place to Work®.

Carle offers:

  • The area's only Level I Trauma Center
  • The area's only independent Level III Perinatal Service
  • Clinic locations in 14 communities
  • 25 departments including surgical, cardiovascular and neonatal ICUs
  • The primary teaching hospital for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine


  • DNV GL Full Accreditation
  • DNV GL Primary Stroke Center Certification
  • Designation as a Level I Trauma Center and a Level III Center for Perinatal Care by the Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Magnet Status for excellence in nursing care for Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group
  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • Designation as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital by the Illinois Department of Public Health (Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center)
  • Accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
  • Designation as a Lung Screening Center by the American College of Radiology
  • Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Full accreditation for Inpatient Rehab, including Stroke Specialty, by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF); Brain Injury Specialty Certification
  • Certificate of Accreditation with commendations for the Carle Cancer Registry from the Commission on Cancer; Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program 
  • Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
  • Designation as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)
  • Sponsoring institution for an ACGME Accredited General Surgery Residency Program
  • ACE™ Accredited for cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Great Place to Work® in Healthcare 
  • Leapfrog Patient Safety Grade A Rating (Fall and Spring 2018)
  • 2019 Notable Healthgrades awards:

    • America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award (4 yrs. in a row)
    • America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award (9 yrs. in a row)
    • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care (3 yrs. in a row)
    • America’s 100 Best Coronary Intervention
    • America’s 100 Best Critical Care
    • America’s 100 Best Gastrointestinal Care

Carle History

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

The history of these entities began in 1918 when Margaret Burt Carle Morris left $40,000 to the City of Urbana, IL, for the purpose of starting a hospital. Her donation led to the creation of The Urbana Memorial Hospital Association. Her name – Carle – has been maintained, 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, Minnesota, moved to Urbana and opened what was then called 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.

Though the Clinic and Hospital were separated into two distinct organizations in 1946, they were reunited on April 1, 2010, and continue to provide high-quality health care and advancements in medical research.

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

Board of Trustees

Karl Appelquist

Paul Tucker, PhD
Vice Chair

Andy Arwari, MD

Guy Hall
Immediate Past Chair

Jonathan Bailey, MD

Rajagopal Echambadi, PhD

Marty Edwards

Aja Lystila, MD

Uretz Oliphant, MD

Meredith Mills

D. Scott Reichard

Chris Slater-Vohs

Jon Stewart

Lynn Zehnder

James Leonard, MD
ex officio non-voting

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Leadership Team

James C. Leonard, MD

President, Chief Executive Officer, The Carle Foundation

Chuck Dennis, MD

Executive Vice President, System Chief Medical Officer

Dennis P. Hesch

Executive Vice President and System Chief Financial Officer

Laurence J. Fallon

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Matthew Kolb

Executive Vice President and System Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Schmid

Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Elizabeth Angelo

System Sr. Vice President, Quality and Assoc. Chief Nursing Officer


Lynne C. Barnes

Chief Operating Officer, Carle Foundation Hospital and Sr. Vice President, Facilities

Pamela Bigler

Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer

Caleb Miller

Sr. Vice President, Surgical Services, Diagnostic Services, Primary Care, Medical Specialties and APP Leadership

Dawn B. Walden

Senior Vice President, Chief Revenue Cycle Officer

Kayla Banks

Vice President, Women's Health Services and Pediatrics

Harry Brockus

System Vice President of Regional Health and CEO, Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center and Carle Richland Memorial Hospital

Jennifer Eardley, PhD

Vice President, Research

Patty Holaday

Vice President, System Provider Recruitment

Scott Hendrie

Vice President, Finance and Treasury

Beth Katsinas

Vice President, Center for Philanthropy

Letha Kramer

Vice President, Chief Risk and Corporate Integrity Officer

Amy Lee

Vice President, Primary Care, Medical Specialties and Patient Contact Center

Kurt Leifheit

Vice President, Corporate Counsel

King Li, MD

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Dean and Carle Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

Rick Reifsteck

Vice President, Provider Compensation and Payer Contracting

Rick Rinehart

Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Suzanne Sampson

System Vice President, Information Management and Analytics, Project Management

Julianna Sellett

Vice President, Community Health Initiatives

Mary Treacy Shiff

Vice President, Finance and Financial Reporting


Luke Sullivan

Vice President, Carle Cancer Center and Carle Neuroscience Institute

Robert Good, DO

Chief Medical Officer, Population Health and Health Alliance and System Medical Management

Robert Healy, MD

Chief Medical Quality Officer, Medical Director of GME and DIO

William Schuh, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer, Medical Director of the Research Institute

Blair Rowitz, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer and Carle Illinois College of Medicine Associate Dean

Sally Salmons, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer, Medicine and Medical Subspecialties

Michael Sutter

Chief Innovation Officer