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Hospitals Form Network to Improve Health Care Access and Coordinated Care for Patients

Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach and University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia formed a collaborative network in June 2014 to improve access and better coordinate health care for patients in the communities they serve. Saint Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, joined the Health Network of Missouri in September 2014.

The six members of the Health Network of Missouri have more than 1,000 hospital beds, more than 10,700 employees and approximately 1,200 employed and affiliated physicians. They serve patients in counties throughout central, northeast and southeastern Missouri.

“The nation’s health care delivery system is changing rapidly,” said Harold Williamson Jr., MD, executive vice chancellor of health affairs for the University of Missouri. “Hospitals and health systems must be innovative in developing ways to improve the health of populations, enhance the experience and outcomes of patients, and reduce per capita cost of care for the benefit of communities.”

The Health Network of Missouri is structured to allow members to work together as partners on common goals while enabling each hospital or health system to serve the health care needs of its own community and preserve its independence and unique identity. Each system will have equal representation in governance of the network. The six health systems will work together to share best practices in business, clinical and operational practices. The work of the network will be conducted by task forces of physicians and other leaders from each health system. Major initiatives of the Health Network of Missouri task forces will include:

  • Continuing to improve the health outcomes of the patients they serve
  • Sharing data and best practices
  • Improving access to care
  • Ensuring patient care among various providers is coordinated seamlessly through a clinically integrated network
  • Lowering health care costs and creating efficiencies that will benefit the patients and communities served by network members

“MU Health Care’s goal in joining the Health Network of Missouri is to continue to ensure our patients receive exceptional care,” said Mitch Wasden, EdD, MU Health Care chief executive officer and chief operating officer. “While remaining independent, the hospitals and health systems in this network will be in a position to drive positive change and improve health care for the patients in our communities.”

“Because MU Health Care is an academic medical center and tertiary care center, our patients often see MU physicians for specialty care,” said C. Todd Ahrens, president and chief executive officer for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. “Through the network’s initiatives, we look forward to the possibility of developing a stronger clinical relationship.”

The network’s organizational meeting was held June 25, 2014.

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Bothwell Regional Health Center

Bothwell Regional Health Center is a 145-bed regional health center serving west-central Missouri with comprehensive health and wellness services including surgical, cancer, orthopaedic, cardiovascular, women's health and therapy services. The organization also operates 13 primary and specialty care locations. For more information on Bothwell Regional Health Center and its services, visit

Capital Region Medical Center

Capital Region Medical Center, located in Jefferson City, is an affiliate hospital of University of Missouri Health Care, and encompasses a full service hospital, a comprehensive cancer program at Goldschmidt Cancer Center, and an expansive clinic system covering eight counties. Within the hospital, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center is one of the few accredited hospital-based rehabilitation centers in the state. Capital Region’s fitness facility, the Sam B. Cook Healthplex, is the community’s only hospital-based, medically directed fitness facility and is home to adult and pediatric outpatient therapy services. From prenatal and obstetric care to orthopaedic and cardiovascular services, Capital Region provides innovative health care, advancing its mission to improve the health and wellness of the people and communities it serves. For more information, visit

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System is the parent organization of Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group and Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation. Hannibal Regional Hospital is a 91-bed acute care hospital providing comprehensive health and wellness services to more than 125,000 residents in the tri-state area and has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2013 and 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award recipient – ranking HRH among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient care. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at nine locations in Missouri and Illinois. For more information on Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, visit

Lake Regional Health System

Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach provides comprehensive health care services for residents and visitors in a five-county region surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional also operates 26 clinics, including primary, specialty and urgent care, as well as rehab therapy clinics, retail pharmacies and home health services throughout the lake area. To learn more, visit

Saint Francis Healthcare System

Saint Francis Healthcare System is anchored by Saint Francis Medical Center, which is a 282-bed facility serving more than 650,000 people throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas. Guided by its mission to provide a ministry of healing and wellness inspired by its Christian philosophy and values, the Medical Center has become a progressive, innovative regional tertiary care referral center. Saint Francis’ major service lines, which have received national recognition, include the Neurosciences Institute, Orthopedic Institute, Family BirthPlace (featuring the region’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), Heart Hospital, Emergency and Level III Trauma Center with Convenient Care, Cancer Institute and Fitness Plus. Saint Francis is proud to be the only employer in Missouri ranked on Modern Healthcare magazine’s prestigious Best Places to Work in Healthcare list for six consecutive years (2008-2013). For more information, please visit

University of Missouri Health Care

As part of the state’s premier academic medical center, University of Missouri Health Care offers a full spectrum of care, ranging from primary care to highly specialized, multidisciplinary treatment for patients with the most severe illnesses and injuries. Patients from each of Missouri’s 114 counties are served by approximately 6,000 employees, nurses and health care professionals at MU Health Care. For more information, visit