DANVILLE — The construction progress of the Carle at the Riverfront projects and its neighboring Christie at the Riverfront projects is on schedule.
Carle’s nearly $70 million facility is expected to be completed in time for an opening in early 2023.
The project was originally slated to be a Carle facility only before the Christie Clinic teamed up earlier this year in a similar collaboration to the southwest Champaign development of Carle aux Fields/Christie Clinic aux Fields.
The two entities will operate in separate buildings – Carle in a four-story, 152,000 square foot facility and Christie in a one-story building that spans 20,000 square feet.
Caleb Miller, Carle’s senior vice president of specialty and ambulatory care, said earlier that the Carle facility will be one of the biggest projects in the area in nearly 50 years.
The two medical entities will combine existing services in Danville in their new buildings.
Christie Clinic announced in a press release that its new facility will be twice the size of its existing location on North Vermilion Street. It will bring together all of Danville’s current departments, including primary care and cardiology, dermatology, dietetics, foot and ankle surgery, general surgery, laboratory, nephrology, orthopedics and sports, pain and rehabilitation, physiotherapy and radiology services.
The Carle project will consolidate services at Carle Danville on Fairchild Street and Carle Danville on Vermilion Street. The new building will accommodate more than 250 employees.
It will consist of medical practices and an outpatient surgery center. The site covers 17 hectares.
Miller said the current construction climate — with supply chain issues and rising costs — has been difficult, but work remains on track for opening in the first quarter of 2023.
“We worked with our construction teams throughout the process and were very proactive in that regard,” Miller said. “We handled them quite effectively.”
Carle announced on his website that over the years the needs of patients and the services he was able to provide in Vermilion County have increased.
“Vermilion County continues to struggle with a low overall Illinois state health ranking, low health indicators, and a lack of available services,” he said. “By making this commitment to our patients in Danville, we hope to have a positive impact on health by providing strong and improved health care services.