Carle among best hospitals in East Central Illinois

Many groups grade hospitals on giving good, safe care. That data promotes transparency – and it’s intended to help patients be well informed when choosing where to get their healthcare.

Robert Healy, MD, Carle chief medical quality officer, said the recently released U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals verify the efforts of employees organization-wide who strive for patient-centered improvements.

Carle is ranked 13 (three-way tie) out of 214 Illinois hospitals in this year’s Best Hospitals list.

Rankings like these help health care consumers. U.S. News’ patient portal helps patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions and for common elective procedures.

“We are frequently called upon to clearly communicate quality information, such as infections, re-admissions and surgery success. This recognition reflects the superior quality and dedication of our physicians and staff,” Dr. Healy said. “Being recognized among the best hospitals in the state and the nation instills confidence that our community and our region are receiving the best possible care.”

In its 29th annual Best Hospitals list, the magazine evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals in 25 specialties and procedures. Only 3.5 percent of hospitals surveyed were highly ranked in even one specialty.

This year, Carle was rated as high performing in these three adult specialties:

  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

Additionally, the magazine rated Carle as high performing for the following procedures/conditions:

  • Heart failure treatment
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Hip replacement

“We’re proud of the multi-disciplinary program at Carle, and the ability to bring continual advancements to patients,” said Paul Tender, MD, associate medical director, Carle Digestive Health Institute. “Receiving national recognition for colon cancer surgery is a result of the collaboration among our team and leading specialists that treat colon and rectal cancer in the entire organization.”