Community Needs Lead to Enhanced Carle, Christie Clinic Partnership


Breaking ground at Carle at the Fields marks a step toward addressing the region’s growing healthcare needs. It’s a step Carle and Christie Clinic are pleased to take together.

“Providing the best care for our communities and our region requires collaboration, and the surgical center and medical offices will exemplify that each and every day,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and CEO, The Carle Foundation. “Carle’s and Christie Clinic’s shared vision of quality care in an easily accessible location is coming to fruition.”

Carle and Christie Clinic share ownership the Champaign SurgiCenter and will move services currently available at the facility on Mattis Avenue to the new location off Staley Road. In addition, Carle and Christie Clinic will each have medical office buildings to serve a host of patients’ specialty-care needs.

“Carle at the Fields demonstrates our continued commitment to the Champaign SurgiCenter and our community to create an easily accessible, state-of-the-art healthcare environment,” said Christie Clinic CEO Kenny Bilger. “Our goal is to provide patients with better experiences and even better outcomes.”

The enhanced partnership will help Carle and Christie Clinic provide an even higher level of care in contemporary space with the most appropriate amenities and exam rooms. Operations performed at Champaign SurgiCenter, as well as many same-day surgeries at Carle Foundation Hospital, will be performed at the new surgical center, freeing up hospital operating room resources for more complex surgeries.

Christie Clinic will lease the second medical office building to house various specialties, including:

  • Allergy
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT), Audiology and Hearing Aid Services
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urology

The Carle medical office building will include:

  • Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT), Audiology and Hearing Services
  • Optometry, Optical, Ophthalmology and Vitreous Retinal Services
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery services currently based at Carle’s location on Kirby Avenue
  • Plastic surgery

“In today’s environment, it is right for our providers to join forces to best meet patients’ needs—to give them the start-to-finish services they need to be well,” Dr. Leonard said.

The surgical center will be built to accommodate future advances that keep pace with medical teaching and research and elevated standards of care. Patients and their family members will appreciate these key features, plus amenities like ample on-site parking, a nearby waiting room and more private recovery space.

The facilities are slated to open in 2019.