Carle Heart and Vascular Institute expands to Mattoon

Cassie Buchman, City Editor

The Carle Heart and Vascular Institute will be having an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at its new location in Mattoon so people can see the building and services offered.

The Carle Institute recently expanded to a new building located in Mattoon.

Mark Schultz, a Carle spokesman, said Carle took possession of the building in August 2014 and the clinic began seeing patients in February.

The new expansion is located at 100 Lerna Road South, and it will be dedicated to providing care for people with heart conditions.

Schultz said many Carle physicians and staff members would be present at the event.

“Carle physicians and staff will welcome members of the community,” he said.

Schultz said the staff hopes to see both present and future patients.

“We hope to visit with both many present patients and those who are considering their options for care,” he said.

Along with expanding its location, Carle is also expanding its array of services offered to the public.

The new facility is an extension of the previous building for the Carle Heart and Vascular Institute, which provide a variety of different services that are used to diagnose, monitor and follow up with patients.

Schultz said these services are highly specialized, and staff members are using the latest technology.

The Mattoon location has an expansive area for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. It will also have an enhanced Vein Clinic, where vascular specialists can diagnose and treat people with circulation disorders. The specialists can also treat those with vein concerns that are more cosmetic in nature.

“The space will allow us to help more people who need comprehensive cardiovascular care,” Schultz said.

Carle Heart and Vascular Institute is expanding to offer their patients and clients more options, Schultz said.

“Carle wants to give Coles County residents enhanced access and a choice in heart and vascular care,” Schultz said.

Carle has currently provided heart and vascular care to residents of Coles County for several years now.

“We are excited to now bring more advanced heart and vascular specialties closer to where our patients live,” Schultz said.

He said the new location would enhance the Carle Institute’s presence in the Mattoon-Charleston area.

“We have had an existing, longtime presence in Mattoon-Charleston and want to have our patients be able to see their Carle heart and vascular physician or complete cardiac or pulmonary rehab closer to home,” Schultz said.

The growing need for cardiovascular care had also been a motive for the expansion, he said. The old clinic did not have the space to accommodate certain things, such as the rehabilitation gym.

“We are always looking for ways to bring highly specialized health care closer to where people live,” Schultz said.

According to a news release, Carle also will renovate its existing specialty clinic at 200 Lerna Road South to provide additional specialty services.

Cassie Buchman can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].