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HOOPESTON — Patients of Hoopeston Regional Health Center (HRHC) and its clinics have officially joined the Carle health system with legal integration effective today.
HRHC will now be known as Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, and its clinics in Cissna Park, Hoopeston, Rossville and Watseka will remain departments of HRHC, according to a news release.
Hoopeston patients’ medical records are now available via an electronic system in the hospitals and clinics throughout Carle when needed to provide care. This means providers will have access to complete medical information whether seeing the patient in Hoopeston, a surrounding community or at the hospital in Urbana. The system helps track age-appropriate screenings, allergies and helps safeguard against drug interactions. Patients will soon be able to access their own medical record information via the MyCarle patient portal.
In addition, more than 60 specialists from Carle are currently providing or assisting in the delivery of care to patients at HRHC with additional specialists planned for the future. Specialty care currently being offered by Carle providers includes anesthesiology, cardiology, maternal fetal medicine, oncology, orthopaedics, pathology and radiology.
“By bringing Hoopeston Regional Health Center and its clinics into the Carle system, we ensure that high quality care continues to be available in the region and that care will be carefully coordinated,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and chief executive officer of The Carle Foundation. “Ultimately, in this time of constant challenges, we are ensuring the long-term viability of both organizations in order to serve people in the region.”
Under this new partnership, current HRHC administrators including Harry Brockus, chief executive officer, Jay Colbert, chief medical officer, and Jackie Johnson, chief nursing officer, will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of HRHC and its departments.
“We look forward to the growth and opportunities that will be available to our staff and patients as part of the Carle system,” said Brockus. “Our communities, patients and employees are truly the beneficiaries of this partnership.”
HRHC will continue to accept AARP, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beechstreet, Cigna, Health Alliance Medical Plans, HealthLink, Humana, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare HMOs, MultiPlan, Personal Care, PHCS, Sage Technologies and United Health Care.
Due to the implementation of a new billing system, patients are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for appointments and to bring their insurance card to be certain information on file is up-to-date.
Carle filed its application to transfer ownership of HRHC with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in March 2012 and received approval by that agency in July. Final agreements were approved and signed by both Carle and HRHC leadership in October.