Richland Memorial joins Carle health system to enhance patient care

Carle Richland Memorial Hospital sign unveilingApril 1 marked an important milestone that will mean better regional healthcare access as locally owned and operated Richland Memorial Hospital and the Carle health system join to care for patients.

“Our focus is and always will be providing care to those who need us in Richland County and the surrounding area, and we understand that means we must have the right resources—whether it’s facilities, equipment or specialists—to deliver even better care,” said David Allen, chief executive officer of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital.

“We are very enthusiastic about what we’ll be able to do together with Carle.”

The agreement brings the 134-bed hospital and associated healthcare services with more than 550 employees into the Carle health system as an independent operating unit. Future plans include expanded surgical suites and a new medical office building.

The integration builds on an already-strong partnership. The two organizations have collaborated to serve patients even before entering into a clinical affiliation agreement in 2014. RMH is part of Carle’s Rural Alliance for Exceptional Care, partnering with regional hospitals to address health needs and disparities.

“We’re thrilled to come together with Richland Memorial Hospital because the organization shares Carle’s core beliefs that quality care and strong operational practices are necessary to achieve the level of care that patients deserve,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and CEO for The Carle Foundation.

"We can only address the needs of people in this region by working together so that patients can get the care they need closer to home.”

CEOs signing agreementCarle Richland Memorial Hospital is the third hospital in the system. Hoopeston, Illinois-based Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center joined in 2012 and since then has worked to address health disparities through enhanced physician recruitment, information technology and other initiatives the hospital could not have done on its own. Like Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, plans include bringing Carle Richland Memorial Hospital onto the Epic electronic medical record platform, which is intended to support better continuity of care, more efficient treatment, and ultimately higher quality care for patients when they receive services at any Carle location.

“Today is the beginning of our transition that will benefit patients, employees and the entire community. We are excited to start the process that will ultimately result in improved health for our region,” said Allen.

Those in the community will see signs of the transition at the facilities, with additional updates to support patients in the months and years ahead. With ongoing emphasis on local vision, Carle Richland Memorial Hospital will remain under local governance with a local board and local administrators who will continue to manage day-to-day operations.

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Richland Memorial Hospital (RMH) is a not-for-profit facility in Olney, Illinois. RMH serves residents in portions of eight Southeastern Illinois counties, with a total population of about 109,000. For more than 60 years, RMH has been an essential part of the medical community with a mission of providing excellent healthcare, promoting wellness and educating the people it serves. The hospital is licensed at 134 beds and is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). RMH prides itself on delivering exceptional service as part of its culture and upholds the core values of caring, trust, respect, competence and communication as it provides quality healthcare for the community. 

Based in Urbana, Ill., The Carle Foundation is the not-for-profit parent company of an integrated system of hospitals, a 450-physician group practice and health plan. Carle is consistently recognized for providing quality care to a population of 1.3 million people. The 393-bed Carle Foundation Hospital houses a Level I Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Center Designation and offers Level III perinatal services. Carle is ranked as a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report, by HealthGrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™, is among the top nationally for critical care, stroke and pulmonary care and more, having achieved Magnet ® nursing status and Health Care’s Most Wired™. Health Alliance is a leading provider-driven health plan in the Midwest, serving more than 240,000 members in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Washington. The Carle health system serves people through high-quality care, medical research and education.