Carle Foundation Hospital is a nationally ranked 299-bed hospital committed to providing comprehensive, quality care to patients in east central Illinois. Carle Foundation Hospital was established in 1931 as result of a generous donation from Margaret Burt Carle Morris, the hospital namesake. Carle Foundation Hospital cancer center, Carle Cancer Center, is a nationally recognized cancer care center providing holistic care through modern technologies and advanced research.
The Carle Cancer Center Research Department has been part of national clinical research trials since 1976 and has been funded as a Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) by the National Cancer Institute since 1983. As part of the NCI designation, the Carle Cancer Center Research Department has a close research affiliation with numerous national research bases, including the Mayo Clinic, one of the most prestigious research facilities in the United States. Regionally, Carle Cancer Center has the highest number of board-certified cancer specialists.
Carle Foundation Hospital has received numerous awards and accolades. Thomson Reuters has named Carle Foundation Hospital one the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. Carle Foundation Hospital also received Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as acknowledgement for nursing excellence. The U.S. News and World Report ranks Carle Foundation Hospital as the #6 hospital in Illinois and the best in East Central Illinois.
The Carle Cancer Center is situated to offer the latest research developments to provide improved cancer treatment options. The integrated research environment provides collaboration of laboratory scientists and physicians within clinical, translational, and prevention research studies. With regard to lung cancer, Carle Cancer Center organizes teams of highly skilled staff to provide treatment, with a nurse navigator to oversee patient care. After referral or diagnosis by a primary care physician, a team of pathologists, surgical and medical oncologists, nurses and social workers will handle a case together.
Radiation oncology, surgical oncology, clinical trials, chemotherapy, palliative care, state-of-the-art diagnostics and imaging services, pathology, genetic counseling, hormone therapy, biological therapy, complementary and alternative medicine, nutrition and physical therapy, support groups, and comprehensive and preventive care are all options in the Carle Cancer Center treatment program. Surgical and diagnostic innovations include pathology that is examined for gene expression patterns that lead to more effective and specialized treatment options.