Hannibal Regional Hospital joins four other Missouri healthcare facilities to form what’s being called a collaborative network.

Officials with the five hospitals say the purpose of the network is to “improve access and better coordinate health care for patients in the communities they serve.”

Hannibal Regional Hospital officials say the network will not result in any mergers, leadership changes, or significant changes in how patients get care. They say the coop will serve as another tool in providing better care to patients.

The other facilities signing on to be a part of the new Health Network of Missouri include Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City, Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach and University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia.