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Carle Richland renovations expand services in the right places for patients, community

Carle Richland renovations expand services in the right places for patients, community

August 02, 2019

As many central Illinois residents know all too well, it’s peak construction season. And Carle projects are in full swing as well.

While minor inconveniences occur, the results are worth the wait and investment.

Rendering of Carle Olney, set to open summer 2020.

“We’re providing unmatched commitment to people from an eight county area who need medical attention,” said Harry Brockus, system vice president of Regional Health and CEO, Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center and Carle Richland Memorial Hospital. “Our excellence and specialty services make our hospital a destination.”

Ground breaking for the new medical office building at Carle Olney occurred on Monday.

This consolidates Primary Care, Convenient Care, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health and limited Laboratory and Radiology services in one centralized location to provide better access for patients and to conserve healthcare resources. Previously two Olney locations across town existed – Family Practice and Primary Care. Carle Richland retains ownership of the downtown building (previously Primary Care Clinic) which may be repurposed for future growth and needs.

 Carle Olney construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2020.

Up next will be renovation of Carle West Salem to reach patients in Edwards and Wabash counties to meet primary care needs through Family Medicine. Additional growth in West Salem includes a new retail pharmacy open to the public. This meets a critical need for access in this community.

“When we learned the only pharmacy in the area was closing due to a retirement, we knew it was the right thing to do,” said Sara Buehnerkemper, PharmD, director of Pharmacy. The retail pharmacy will be located next door to the clinic and will continue to provide a critical service for area residents. “Of course this site is beneficial for Carle patients, but also for the community at large. When you’re not feeling your best, no one wants to travel a long distance to get important medications to help them with their recovery.”

Carle Bridgeport expands to include Audiology, Cardiology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Family Medicine, Behavioral Health and Pediatrics with room to accommodate future growth.

“Hearing problems can have a real impact on a patient’s quality of life. Simply straining to hear someone makes day-to-day conversations challenging. They can miss important moments and milestones and can be very isolating,” said Pamela Curtis, AuD. “Offering a host of hearing services to our increasingly aging and rural population is important.” Hearing Services are available for patients of all ages.

Equally important is heart health at all ages. Cardiologist Raymond Fisher, MD, said continued access to the latest technology and specialty care helps keep the community healthier.

“Prevention and early intervention can be a big impact on your overall heart health,” Dr. Fisher said. “We want the community to be alert to their risk factors for heart disease and be informed about actions they can take to save lives in the event of a heart attack emergency.”

Follow some simple tips to help keep your heart healthy:

  • Eat a healthy diet – less salt or sodium
  • The heart’s a muscle so give it a workout
  • Avoid caffeine and smoking or vaping (even second-hand smoke)

“Poor heart health can lead to other serious chronic conditions later in life such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and heart disease,” he said. “We want to help patients with intervention and treatments so they don’t lead to complicated medical issues down the road.”

Bridgeport’s renovation is complete but scheduled for fall 2019 opening.