Champaign-Urbana Bulletin Board For April 20

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Carle Foundation Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters for the second year in a row. Carle has earned a place on this annual list by achieving strong overall performance in key healthcare criteria.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

Carle is among only four hospitals in Illinois to receive this recognition, down from 12 hospitals recognized in 2011. Of the four in the state, Carle is the only hospital in downstate and outside of the Chicago area in Illinois to receive distinction as a 100 Top Hospital for 2012.

“This is a tremendous honor that reflects on the quality of our providers and staff,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and chief executive officer, The Carle Foundation. “We’re happy to be among some of the most elite hospitals in the nation.”

Earlier this year, Carle was named a Top Performing Hospital in the Premier healthcare alliance’s national QUEST collaborative, a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital, one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Hospitals of 2012, and was the #1 hospital in Illinois for cardiology services by HealthGrades.


In a recent release of the Score Report Summary for the sixth High School Contest 2011-2012, the Illinois Mathematics League ranked the Urbana High School Math Team as the top school in Champaign County with a score of 128. In addition, two UHS students received perfect scores.

Math Contests are held by the Math League for Grades 4 -8, algebra 1 students, and high school students. Over one million students from the United States and Canada participate in Math League Contests each year.


The Central High School Science Olympiad Team competed recently at UIUC in over 23 events against 48 of the top schools in the state. Central had two wins in the AA division (the most difficult division) in Towers (Likith Govindaiah and Patrick Yim) with 5th place and Geocaching (Parita Patel and Seung Lee) 5th place. As a team Central won the Spirit Award against all of the other 48 high schools – with an extremely enthusiastic and respectful team displaying significant sportsman- ship. Team Sponsors are Brian Tylkowski and Faith Sharp.

On Saturday, April 14, the Edison Science Olympiad Team went to the state competition at the University of Illinois and competed against 45 of the top teams in Illinois. Edison students Kelisha Koradiya and Nidhi Dholaria won 1st place in the event, Compute This. There were medals awarded to the top five contestants in each of twenty-three events. Edison students who won medals include: Corbin Phillips medaled in three events, Jiwon Jeong medaled in two events, Julian Pomatto medaled in two events, Aashika Ashok won one medal, Jennifer Hong won one medal, Emily Gibson won one medal and Brian Jung won one medal. The team is coached by science teacher Kevin Kuppler.

Stratton Elementary School, led by P.E. teacher, Michelle Washington, with the help of the students, parents, and staff of Strattonville, has raised over $5,000 dollars this year to donate to the American Heart Association, with the Jump Rope for Heart program.


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