No matter your ailment, you don’t have to go too far to get the best health care possible in Champaign-Urbana. The 254-bed Provena Covenant Medical Center has more than 250 doctors in nearly 40 areas of expertise contributing their services. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by national independent hospital ranking company HealthGrades, which placed the facility in the top 5 percent in the nation for patient safety in 2007 and has rated it five out of five stars for joint replacement surgery for three consecutive years. Blessed Beginnings Birthing Center, with its welcoming birth suites, can make even the most nervous first time mother feel confident in the kind of care her and her baby will receive. The wood floors and cozy furniture take a little bit of that hospital feel out of the delivery and recovery, and even has a snug spot to get some shuteye – though it might be the last for a while. The hospital also has the area’s largest rehabilitation center, featuring facilities for physical, speech and occupational therapy. Patients recovering from injury or illness are surrounded by a support group of therapists who help them and their families cope with all that has happened. Even more, Provena offers quality programs for cancer, with a new facility stocked with state-of-the-art equipment as well as a new inclusion of holistic treatment. Carle Foundation Hospital is also contributing to the quality of life in the area, serving as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. The 305-bed not-for-profit hospital is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center. At Carle, construction is underway for a $6.25 million dollar facility to house two programs devoted to helping children cope with hearing loss. The two-story building broke ground in June 2008 with plans to double the programs’ current square footage, totaling nearly 8,000 square feet on the second floor of the Carle Auditory Oral School and another 7,500 square feet for the Expanding Children’s Hearing Opportunities (ECHO) center. New facilities for Mills Breast Cancer Institute and Carle Cancer Center, connected by an atrium, are slated to open later this year.