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Carle Foundation Hospital Overview

Urbana, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Carle health system combines clinical care, health insurance, research and academics in a way that solves real-world problems today with an eye toward the future.

Supported by a deep philanthropic spirit, Carle is dedicated to doing what it takes to make ... Read more

Mission: Carle relies on all types of talented professionals to fulfill our mission, of serving people through high quality care, medical research and education, so no matter what your expertise – from clinical to support, administrative to professional &ndash ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Helicopter trip saves grateful heart attack patient’s life

    When Grant Brewer didn’t believe he was having a heart attack, Charles Yonaka was pushy in all the right ways.

    An emergency medical technician (EMT) with Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service, Yonaka knew Brewer’s super-low blood pressure after passing out was serious. Serious enough for the helicopter crew to transport Brewer to receive immediate cardiac care outside Olney, to Carle Hospital in Urbana.

    Brewer’s experience spotlights one of the many benefits of Carle Richland Memorial Hospital and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana partnering to care for patients with emergency heart-care needs. The faster patients receive high-quality care, the less negative impact a heart attack has on the heart muscle.
    “I always wanted to take a chopper ride. I just would have liked to have seen the scenery,” Brewer said.

    When Grant Brewer didn't believe he was having a heart attack, Charles Yonaka was pushy in all the right ways. An emergency medical technician (EMT) with Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service, Yonaka knew Brewer's super-low blood pressure after passing out at work was serious.

  • Student Nurse Internship Program builds relationships

    Morgann Graham began the Carle Student Nurse Internship Program last summer with little experience in healthcare. She had completed clinical rotations at the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She also once served as a teen volunteer. Yet she knew she had a lot to learn.

    “The Carle internship gave me the chance to have hands-on learning in a supportive environment,” Graham said. “I was nervous in the beginning. But I quickly learned that I was working in an encouraging environment that fosters learning and teamwork.”

    The Carle Student Nurse Internship Program offers paid positions where nursing students work in an inpatient unit for eight weeks. Interns work three 12-hour shifts each week - two shifts as a healthcare tech and one shadowing a unit nurse.

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Carle Foundation Hospital – Why Work For Us?

About Carle

Carle health system combines clinical care, health insurance, research and academics in a way that solves real-world problems today with an eye toward the future.

Supported by a deep philanthropic spirit, Carle is dedicated to doing what it takes to make life better for as many as possible. Its mission is to serve people through high-quality care, medical research and education.

Based in Urbana, IL, The Carle Foundation is vertically integrated with more than 7,000 employees in its hospitals, physician group, health plan and associated healthcare businesses including the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school. The system’s flagship Carle Foundation Hospital ranks as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades and for more than 10 years has held Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest honor for nursing care.

 The system includes the 433-bed Carle Foundation Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center and Level III perinatal services center, the 24-bed critical access Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, the 118-bed Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, Carle Physician Group with more than 1,000 doctors and advanced practice providers, and Health Alliance.

Health Alliance is a leading provider-driven health plan serving Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Washington. In 2019, Health Alliance was awarded “Highest Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in the Illinois/Indiana Region” in the J.D. Power 2019 Member Health Plan StudySM.

Strong employees deliver this consistent commitment to high-quality care, and Carle is proud to be named a Great Place to Work®.

Join a team of more than 600 employees at Health Alliance Medical Plans, providing quality service to members across the country. 

Carle-owned Health Alliance Medical Plans is a leading provider-driven health plan serving nearly a quarter-million members in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Washington. In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Health Alliance was awarded by J.D. Power for highest member satisfaction among commercial health plans in the Illinois and Indiana Region. Join the Health Alliance team providing quality service to members. Learn more about Health Alliance Medical Plans.

Whether you are interested in an engaging customer service position, have a nursing or clinical background, or are in a professional field like Information Technology or Marketing, Health Alliance has a variety of positions for people interesting in working at a quality, locally-owned and operated health plan.

Be exceptional
Every day, we challenge our employees to be exceptional and deliver exceptional care and experiences to our patients and members. We measure what matters most, like patient safety, quality, service and engagement. We also create exceptional experiences for our employees and providers. Engaged, supported, empowered employees lead to better patient and member experiences and outcomes.

Have a voice and be appreciated
We provide ways for our employees to share, and we listen to what they have to say.

Carle leaders meet monthly with staff to seek feedback and ideas. Carle employees are asked to share thoughts on a host of topics and initiatives. Employees may choose to be part of a workgroup, fill out a survey, or stop our CEO in the hallway to share an idea.

Carle employees use their voice to recognize coworkers, creating a positive culture of collaboration and appreciation.

Wherever you look, employees are at the heart of what we do – contributing in countless ways to the way we care for patients, members and families.

Have purpose
Carle has grown to be one of the largest healthcare systems in Illinois. Our commitment is to provide the most advanced, innovative and integrated care for our patients.

Carle exists today because of visionaries like Margaret Burt Carle Morris who donated $40,000 to establish the first community hospital in the area in 1918. A couple of years later, the Simeon Busey family donated their homestead, which later became Carle Hospital. 

Two young, Mayo-trained physicians, J.C Thomas Rogers and Dr. Hugh L. Davison, understood the importance of health, advancement and community. When they first visited Champaign-Urbana, specialty care was a luxury patients had to travel many miles to receive. So, they brought the Mayo concept of multi-specialty group medical practice to east central Illinois, founding Carle Clinic in 1936.

Carle continues down the path set by these leaders, maintaining a strong vision and strategic plan that guides the organization through today’s unique healthcare challenges so we can be strong for our community.

We are Magnet®     

Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group are proud to hold Magnet® designation, a national recognition for nursing excellence granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Carle first achieved Magnet designation in 2009 and was re-designated most recently in March of 2019.

We are celebrating our third Magnet designation for superior nursing care – a standard only 8% of hospitals in the United States can meet.

More than 1,500 nurses practice in a variety of settings from inpatient to ambulatory to our health plan. Each is supported by transformational leaders who give them autonomy to find solutions, integrate with their care teams and grow their careers. The positive work environment is reflected in our world-class patient care and positive outcomes.

Supporting and recognizing our nurses.
Every day, our nurses give everything they have to care for patients. And, in return, we make sure patients get the chance to say thank you by nominating a nurse for the Daisy Award, a national program recognizing exceptional nursing care.

Carle supports nurses through peer recognition programs, providing a variety of leadership and engagement opportunities and encouraging training and education with pre-paid tuition.

Nurses love working at Carle

Advancing her education.
“Carle supports and encourages me to advance my education and skill level.” – Lindsay Stiger, Mills Breast Cancer, LPN Sr. Chemo

Furthered her career.
“It’s the first place that I have worked where I feel that I truly have a voice to impact change.” – Tara Ganley, Rn4 Urology

Loves work flexibility.
“This is the place to be for a new nurse who is starting a nursing career.” – Karen Yap, RN2 Med/Oncology NT6

Loves the team work.
“It is a privilege to be employed by a facility held in such high regard.” – Dawn Webb, RN2 Peds Sub Specialties

Gained new perspective.
“Having such insightful co-workers and leadership team has made the job more manageable and rewarding.” – Rachelle Domingo, RN2 Med/Oncology NT6

Recognized as an Employer of the Year in 2018 by the American Legion Department of Illinois, Carle and Health Alliance are committed to the diverse work population in our community, including military and veterans. We recognize the value of diverse team members in making our mission not only possible but life-changing.   

Apply with us

Carle Human Resources recognizes and understands military experience and strengths, both on a résumé and in an interview. Our team provides: 

  • Assistance with translating military experience to career opportunities at Carle
  • Career-related coaching and guidance
  • Assisting with military training and education equivalencies, particularly medical jobs

 As a Carle employee

Carle Human Resources helps employees navigate the numerous career and support programs available to veterans. We provide:

 Specific onboarding program to help facilitate a smooth transition from the military to Carle

  • Access to a designated Human Resources partner
  • Recognition of military service through career ladder credit, badge identification, and special events
  • Individualized career planning and support
  • Military and veteran specific mentor program

Veteran practices earn state-level acclaim.

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Carle Foundation Hospital Reviews

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    "A good starter position for those interested in healthcare"

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    Management is willing to help you grow and achieve


    High expectations because Carle truly cares about patient care

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Carle Foundation Hospital Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, IL) in August 2018.


    I applied online. The process took about 3 weeks. I interviewed at Carle Clinic (Urbana, IL) in August 2018.


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Carle Clinic (Urbana, IL) in August 2018.

    Phone Interview, Interview with department manager, then job shadow and peer interview. Got a job offer and resigned from the current job I was working. Went through medical clearance, drug screen, etc...even received a welcome card from the department I was going to work in. However, even being truthful about my past from day one, and being told that it was ok...just 5 days before my first day at work (orientation) I was called by the HR Manager and was told that the job was being rescinded and I was not able to work there, all because the original person who did the phone interview did not write everything down correctly making it look like I was not being honest. I now have to wait at LEAST a year before I can apply again. Not sure I will even try, I'm trying elsewhere that will respect honesty.

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Carle Foundation Hospital Awards & Accolades

  • Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing,, 2018
  • Great Place to Work Certified,, 2018
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals,, 2018
  • Great Places to Work, For All, 2019
  • America's Top 50 Beast Hospital, Healthgrades, 2019
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