State OKs Carle acquisition of Hoopeston facilities

BOLINGBROOK — The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Monday approved the Carle Foundation's plans to acquire Hoopeston Regional Health Center and integrate it into the Carle health system starting Oct. 1.

Carle is purchasing Hoopeston's 24-bed community hospital, the Charlotte Ann Russell Medical Center in Hoopeston and two smaller clinics in Cissna Park and Rossville for $2.7 million.

Hoopeston's community nursing home and independent living facility weren't included in the transaction, but are being spun off to create a retirement village with proceeds from the sale.

Carle and Hoopeston hospital officials said this deal will allow them to offer more health care to Hoopeston.

"We are thrilled to continue moving ahead to offer additional medical specialties, advanced technology and enhance the level of care at this critical access hospital," said Dr. James Leonard, Carle's president and CEO.

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