Things on move at Carle at the Fields development

Things on move at Carle at the Fields development

CHAMPAIGN — Moving-in has begun at the new Carle at the Fields medical campus, and there's more development on the way.

This month, the first of 1,200 Carle administrative support employees began relocating to the first building to open on the Carle health system's new 210-acre campus at Interstate 57 and Curtis Road.

Still to come, before anyone ever sees a doctor or undergoes a surgery at Carle at the Fields, will be a new hotel (opening this summer) and a 4.1-acre commercial and apartment development (opening later this year).

The new Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, currently visible from the windows of Carle's new three-story administrative building, is set to open July 1 with 80 rooms and eight extended stay suites, according to Keith Montgomery, the project manager for hotel developer Horve Hospitality Management.

Green Street Realty, the developer of a pair of identical three-story buildings along Fields South Drive, has started construction with plans to have both buildings done by the fall, according to owner/broker Chris Saunders.

Each of the two Green Street Realty buildings will be 45,000 square feet, and they'll flank a 10,000-square-foot public plaza intended to be a gathering and community event space, Saunders said.

The buildings will include retail and office spaces for lease on the first floors, plus 56 apartments on the second and third stories. Some apartments will have one bedroom and one bathroom and rent for $1,200 a month, and some will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and rent for $1,350 to $1,500 a month, he said.

Already, some Carle employees have expressed interest in these apartments so close to where they'll be working, Saunders said. But this is also going to be a development serving the surrounding neighborhood and broader community.

"I think the goal of this was really to provide amenities for that part of town," he said. "But there's obviously a lot of people who will be working on site out there."

Leases are still being finalized with commercial tenants, Saunders said. He anticipates announcing some of them soon.

"It's obviously a real exciting deal for us out there," he said. "We think the area is going to explode with the number of employees in that area."

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Carle's new 340,000-square-foot administrative building is substantially done, and some of the departments set to move in first — among them human resources and marketing — are already there.

Among the last to move in later this spring will be hundreds of Health Alliance Medical Plans employees currently working in leased space at Urbana's Lincoln Square.

Other than job-seekers and those seeking copies of records, this is largely a building that won't get much public traffic, according to Carle. It's going to be housing administrative support functions currently in 10 leased sites, plus some space on Carle's main Urbana campus. Carle expects to save millions of dollars on annual leasing costs and foster more collaboration by bringing people at multiple sites together under one roof.

The patients won't start arriving at Carle at the Fields until next year.

The administrative building will be joined in 2019 by the opening of a new Carle medical building, a Christie Clinic medical building and the jointly-owned Carle-Christie outpatient surgery center, which is also relocating.

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Carle employees moving into the administrative building will find their new work spaces amenity-loaded.

The building has an open concept design, lighting that maximizes natural light and wide corridors. It also features eight lactation rooms for nursing moms; computer rooms for on-site training; dozens of multipurpose rooms; a Carle Auxiliary gift shop selling corporate apparel, work accessories, office gear and gift items; and, opening in the spring, an in-house cafe called Betsy's Bistro by Hendrick House, serving locally-sourced foods and beverages.

The human resources department, which was moving in this past week, has its own talent development area with spaces for training and career counseling, according to RaeAnn Ronk, Carle's human resources talent management director.

Outside the doors on this campus will be still more amenities — biking and hiking trails with health and wellness stations along the way and, starting Monday, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus service to this development.

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New traffic lights are already functioning at two main entrances — the new Fields South Drive off Curtis Road and the new Healthcare Drive off Staley Road. Those streets are open to the public, but Champaign's public works department is advising anyone entering to be cautious with so much construction still underway.

The Carle staff relocations have been in the planning process for about two years, and the needs of each department have had to be taken into consideration, said Suzanne Sampson, system vice president for information management, analytics and project management.

For instance, three call centers — one for Health Alliance, one that does scheduling for Carle medical providers and handles prescription refills, and one that handles services for outpatients taking anticoagulation medications, have to be moved without any downtime, she said.

Not only will employees scattered around the community finally be under one roof, Sampson said, "people are really excited to move."

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The scheduled move-in months for Carle employees:

FEBRUARY: Project management office, information technologies, human resources, business development, marketing and public relations.

MARCH: Patient financial services, part of health information management and revenue cycle systems.

APRIL: Part of Health Alliance Medical Plans.

MAY: The rest of Health Alliance and health information management.

➜ Note: Carle at the Fields will house employees now working at 11 locations — seven in Urbana (main campus, 502 N. Busey Ave., 221 Broadway Ave., 102 E. Main St., 1101 E. University Ave., 901 W. University, 301 S. Vine St.) and four in Champaign (206 W. Anthony Drive, 2102 N. Neil St., 2902 Farber Drive, 201 Devonshire Drive).

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GLG wrote on February 25, 2018 at 8:02 am

Urbana could have had this! How long before Carle moves the hospital and the rest of its Urbana operation to Champaign ?   The money always goes where its treated best!

David Green wrote on February 25, 2018 at 2:02 pm

In other words, you think it's fine that those providing healthcare for profit should also play off governments against each other for special benefits and more profit; that healthcare for profits is the best of all possible worlds. Money is "treated best" means that the 1% are treated best. What on earth does that have to do with healthcare?

Out of this mentality comes inadequate and expensive healthcare system for profit. But at least the rich get richer, and you chortle about that.

GLG wrote on February 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm

Health care is expensive, It takes a lot of money to get the best and the brightest, you know like we hear from the U of I all the time! What inadequate health care are you talking about? Tell me David what do you do for a living? Do you work for minimun wage? Why would you expect doctors to? Maybe if the malpractice insurance in Illinois was not some of the highest in the country things wouldn't cost so much. Urbana ran Carle out of town and with it they took over 1200 jobs. Champaign will welcome the money these employees are going to spend in town gas food and other spending generating sales tax.  I do laugh when I think about Urbana being the way it is! But thats what those folks over there voted for! Let them enjoy it. 

David Green wrote on February 25, 2018 at 9:02 pm

Health care costs twice as much per capita in this country as in other developed countries which insure all their citizens, and have better outcomes. Health care is expensive because it runs through insurance companies that profit from it, through pharmaceutical companies who use patents to demand exorbitant profits while denying drugs (same for medical supply companies), and through doctors that make twice as much as in other developed countries, partly by limiting competition from foreign doctors.

It shouldn't matter whether a clinic is located in Champaign or Urbana, except regarding accessibility to all who might use it. Economic development choices should be largely apart from a coherent plan to provide health care to all citizens. But in this wretched economic and healthcare system, the first question that is always asked is how much will corporations profit, which inevitably means that workers and their families will suffer.

This is not democracy. This is not a system in which the primary goal is to address the needs of its citizens and other residents.

GLG wrote on February 26, 2018 at 8:02 am

David do you work at a "For Profit" including a university or are you in the private sector?  When I hear people talking about how much money these hospitals make I have to ask them about  the free "Charity" care they provide to folks that are uninsured, Why are these people uninsured, Obama care was supposed to eliminate that. It was a failed program from the start.  Maybe you should ask Sen. Dick Durbin why the health care industry in your opinion is a mess, He has been taking insurance and drug company money for over 25 years.

David Green wrote on February 26, 2018 at 11:02 am

Durbin and the Democrats are part of the whole capitalist healthcare-for-profit problem; not exactly breaking news.

The society should organize its healthcare system to provide healthcare to everyone at no direct cost to them. The UK did it, it worked well at half the cost of ours, and of course it's being eviscerated by the profiteers. They want everything to be monetized, and its destroying the social fabric.

And stop caring about what I did or didn't do in my working life. It's utterly irrelevant to the issue at hand. We need socialized medicine, which is what the majority of the people want.

rsp wrote on February 26, 2018 at 3:02 am

You complain about Urbana going after the taxes they are owed, but that lawsuit is not the only one ongoing in the state in regards to the issue. If any of them succeed it won't matter where Carle is located, they will still be paying those taxes. And they had an agreement to pay in instead of being taxed and then refused to do it. That's why they ended up in court. Champaign has such an agreement with Kraft.

Trailmom wrote on February 26, 2018 at 11:02 am

As an FYI, Carle will be paying taxes on the new property in Champaign. Also, why do you want a healthcare organization to lose money?  Don't you want the most up to date medical technology for you or your loved one?  I'm not sure how much a CT scanner costs or all the equipment needed to insert a pacemaker or an isolette for a baby in the NICU, but I'm sure it's not cheap. I want my healthcare provider to make enough money to keep up to date.

David Green wrote on February 26, 2018 at 8:02 pm

Your healthcare provider wants to make enough money to provide its executives with exorbitant six-figure salaries, and pay its help squat.

IlliniwekMerica wrote on February 27, 2018 at 9:02 am

If you think it's possible to run and organization, public or private, as large as Carle or Health Alliance without paying a few people 6 figure salaries, then you go right ahead.


David Green wrote on February 27, 2018 at 12:02 pm

They make such salaries by devising ways to deny healthcare to those who need it; and supporting politicians who promise never to give the population the socialized healthcare that it wants in our so-called democracy.

Healthcare administrators have the same issues as the univeristy administrators; they work for corporate profits, not for patients (students).

Again, if we're going to spend twice as much per capita as other developed countries, we should be getting universal care, including dental and mental. Instead, we get pharmaceutical profits, insurance profits, rich doctors, and rich administrators; and lots of medical-related bankruptices (helping to make lawyers rich as well). It's disgusting, and most of the people recognize that.

You might like to stop venerating he so-called talents of the people who are screwing you and me. Stop being an apologist for wealth, power, and greed.



ilmsff7 wrote on February 26, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Drop the mic, Trailmom!

Trailmom wrote on February 27, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Who is denied healthcare? As a Level 1 Trauma Center, the ED must by law accept everyone.  As for the salaries, wages for the entry level jobs is above minimum wage. For other staff, salaries are more than just take home pay. It's insurance benefts, tuition reimbursements, retirement plans.  

Do senior leaders earn 6 figures? Yes. Everywhere. Banks, hospitals, universities, athletic coaches, some county-wide elected officials, tech companies, administrators in public schools.  With those salaries come tremendous responsibilities.  

David Green wrote on February 27, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Yes, athletic coaches. Certainly, it makes sense that the highest paid state employee in almost every state (perhaps excluding Alaska) is a college football coach. Yes, money well spent for the social good! God is in his or her heaven.

And of course multi-millionaire bankers certainly deserved to be amply rewarded for crashing the economy in 2008. Too big to fail!

Please, get real. These people make exorbitant salaries because they are part of a ruling class that rewards its own. How much did Phyllis Wise make for going to a few board meetings for Nike and Busey Bank? Again, get real.


john wesley wrote on March 01, 2018 at 9:03 am

David Green your class warfare paradigm and its logical conclusions are of course well trodden philosophies.  People who buy into it and exchange laissez faire capitalism for Marxist systems of control necessarily become dictatorial.  If we can't learn this from the pages of history then what, reasonably, can we learn?

 Your point about socialized healthcare is certainly more robust, but by no means are the problems and solutions as simple as you seem to think.  First, there is no monolithic European healthcare system.  Germany, for example, has a combination private and socialized medicine that is unique and works better than the UK's system which is solely tax based and government controlled.  I invite you to google the current state of UK's NHS system before declaring it a success.  It continues to worsen every year.  

  Canada is largely a success story but Canada is a unique story that we cannot hope to replicate.  They have, for all intents and purposes, no standing army, they are unique among countries by having only one border and that is with a friendly and prosperous nation.  They also have a much smaller population which we Americans tend to forget since their country is so large geographically. Our single state of California has more people in it.  And the smaller a state is the easier it is to deliver quality healthcare.   Still, even with these factors and exorbitantly high taxes they still struggle to fund the single payer healthcare system and provide everyone with quality healthcare.  The simple fact remains that anything that is run by the government for any length of time will be subject to the forces of bureaucratic bloat, inefficiencies, and cronyism at the highest levels. 

  America has always done its best work in the arena of capitalistic competition.  That is what we know, and that is what delivers the best results.  The most exciting thing right now in healthcare is definitely the initiatives we are seeing from Apple and the Amazon/Berkshire partnership.  These are motivated and competitive companies that will almost assuredly think outside the box and use tech and innovation to deliver to people cheaper and better quality healthcare.  

   Feel free to curse and rail against their six figure salaries.  In a few years you will probably be happily buying a health care plan from Amazon, paying a sixth of what you do now and with better results.  


David Green wrote on March 01, 2018 at 2:03 pm

John Wesley, your generalizations and assertions are wrong on every single count.

It is class warfare that is waged by the ruling class, for the past 4 decades, leaving us in the situation that we are in, outsourcing, stagnant wages, austerity.

So who decides that the U.S. is at war with the world instead of providing socialistic healthcare? Obviously it is entirely possible for the U.S. to have a system like Canada. Our leaders choose to deny us that, and the majority that wants it has not yet been well-organized enough politically to get it.

Don't throw Soviet-style socialism at me. How stupid do you think I am?

But of course, we have to stay within the bounds of "capitalism" (with plenty of unearned rents for the rich), just because that's our history. Good circular logic. Let's just destroy the planet because we're so loyal to that outmoded idea.

You decry government corruption, but all of the corruption and extortion in the private sector is chalked up to "capitlaism." Your analysis is upside down and backwards. Medicare is an efficient system, as is Social Security.

But of course you don't have a problem with the government's wars, I will venture a guess. Nor do you have a problem with patents that make pharaceutical companies exorbitant profits and deny drugs to those who most need them (after being developed based on publicly-funded research. Oops, we can't have that, it must be corrupt and bloated.

And do you really think Apple/Amazon is going to do anything to help the working class? Their healthcare ideas are going to squeeze the crap out of workers, financially and physically, just like they've done so far to get so filthy rich (Amazon only survived because it didn't pay state sales taxes).

You live in a world of "free market" ideology and propaganda; it is based on greed and lies.

We need socialized medicine, the people want it and it's entirely possible.


john wesley wrote on March 01, 2018 at 4:03 pm

Wow.  Shades of Saul!

   I didn't mean to poke the bear, lol.

      Where to begin?  I always find it interesting in these online debates when someone feels on the basis of one comment that they know your entire political philosophy.  

  Suddenly you know how I feel about all of America's wars (short answer: some I think are justified and some are not) and the patent system (a great example actually of government overreach and the primary driver of over the top prescription prices), environmentalism (I want to destroy the planet?  Aren't we talking about healthcare?) and so on.  

    No, I am not a war-mongering callous hearted capitalist that hates government and thinks poor people should be ground up for sausage.  I actually donate of my time and money to local groups that aid the impoverished in immediate and practical ways.  And I am actually for a mix of capitalistic and socialistic in my views on healthcare...but I believe we flirt with fully socialized medicine at our peril.  I believe this not in a dogmatic fashion, but I believe it because I believe that is what the evidence indicates is the most efficient system.  I notice you rather neatly avoided commenting on the UK's disastrous single payer system and their financial woes. 

  It's true however, we could get rid of the military and pretend to be Canada and there would be much more money to invest in our healthcare.  If you believe the dissolution of the American military would not result in chaos worldwide then we will just have to agree to disagree.  At the very least right now we can agree that it is politically a non-starter and a rather pie in the sky idea., I don't think you're stupid.  A bit trigger happy, ironically.  But not stupid.  I just think you're wrong about the general paradigm of life.  Amazon and Apple, et al, are not engaged in class warfare.  They aren't trying to keep poor people poor.  They aren't evil.  They are businesses full of people trying to deliver a product at the lowest possible price which ultimately helps everyone, poor and rich alike.  


David Green wrote on March 01, 2018 at 6:03 pm

The UK system worked well and was loved by the people. Then Thatcher used "free market" ideology to begin its destruction. Even at that, it's likely better than ours, and certainly a lot less expensive.

Your paradigm of life is destroying the social fabric through increased inequality, not to mention the planet.

We spend twice as much per capita for healthcare to not have universal coverage and poorer overall outcomes than all the other developed countries. We wouldn't even have to cut back on the military, although of course there are many other reasons for doing that.

All we have to do is socialize healthcare to cover everyone for half as much per capita. It's amazing how ideology can blind you to the obvious solution.

By the way, all of our wars since WWII have been criminal. So which one did you actually take the trouble to oppose?

And I don't care about Saul. He's a Democrat and a liberal and a Clintonite. I'm not. In fact, you're a lot like him, not a compliment.