Two of the area’s premier health care providers are joining forces.

In a press conference Wednesday, officials with the Hannibal Clinic and Blessing Health System announced they have signed an affiliation agreement to enhance programs and services for both entities.

The goal of the affiliation is to expand clinic services, to coordinate recruitment of physician specialties and attract and retain healthcare providers.

Both the Hannibal Clinic and Blessing provide healthcare at their main facilities and satellite facilities in northeast Missouri and western Illinois.