7/21/17

Carle expands services and amenities for patients at Curtis location

Plans for expansion at Carle Champaign on Curtis have been in the works since 2014 with the goal of treating patients quickly.

Fast forward, the dust is settling, and new doors will open Monday, clearing the pathway for team-based care.

More than doubling in size, the Curtis location has already expanded the highly utilized Convenient Care.

Patients and visitors will notice a new public entrance to the west. Family Medicine (starting Monday) and Adult Medicine (starting August 7) patients will enter there for quick, easy access to the care they need.

“We want to be sure that Mom with her kids in tow and baby in a carrier only walk as little as needed to reach services,” said Kristin Ford, patient care manager at Champaign on Curtis.

While large canopies and signs direct patients to the right entrance, do not worry if you lose your way. Additional greeters, volunteers and patient services representatives will assist.

The renovations at Curtis will allow for more personalized and preventative care, according to Ford. The increase in space also means an increase in the number of providers available to see patients.

 

With the growing number of new providers, patients receive quality care from not just their physician, but from a team of skilled, dedicated, providers who are available when patients need them. Utilizing all members of the care team ensures patients receive the right care, at the right time, from the right person.

When you need an immunization or have an ear infection, you are seen quicker using team-based care because you don’t have to wait for an opening with your physician.

Your doctor remains on top of your care by meeting with the entire team, and collaborating to ensure your medical needs are met.

“It’s really how you wish medical care worked. You want a team that knows all about you from the certified medical assistant who checks your blood pressure to the nurse who conducts your visit to the doctor for more advanced medical issues,” said Robert Good, DO, chief medical officer for system medical management.

In addition to the new entrance, patients will experience larger exam rooms and a Carle Auxiliary Gift Shop complete with coffee, tea and snacks from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will allow increased support for philanthropic projects that benefit patients including the Carle Auxiliary Guest House.

Construction at Curtis continues through the fall with several departments consolidating and moving to new spaces. Additional services impacted include: Pediatrics relocations should be completed in early September, followed by Endocrinology, Rheumatology and Nutrition Services, and then Allergy in October, rounding out the facility with Cardiac Rehabilitation in December or January 2018.