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McCune-Brooks Re­gional Hos­pi­tal signed an as­sis­tance agree­ment with St. John’s Mercy Hos­pi­tal, Jo­plin, Mo., in which McCuneBrooks will ex­pand to 52 beds from 25. The agree­ment, which also in­cludes the build­ing of a surgery suite, will put about 80 St. John’s em­ploy­ees back to work, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment from St. John’s par­ent, Mercy Health Sys­tem, Ch­ester­field, Mo. St. John’s, for­merly known as St. John’s Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, was de­stroyed by a tor­nado May 22. Fund­ing will come from an un­re­stricted do­na­tion by St. John’s to McCune-Brooks. St. John’s hos­pi­tal­ists will pro­vide cov­er­age seven days a week, 24 hours a day and ad­di­tional spe­cial­ists such as anes­the­si­ol­o­gists, sur­geons, gas­troen­terol­o­gists and ear, nose and throat physi­cians also will join the med­i­cal staff, ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment. “Af­ter ori­en­ta­tion in our sys­tem and in­tro­duc­tion to our mis­sion, vi­sion and val­ues, St. John’s part­ner em­ploy­ees will help us en­sure con­tin­ued pa­tient safety and com­fort, al­low­ing us to con­tinue to pro­vide pa­tient-cen­tered care,” Bob Copeland, CEO of McCuneBrooks, said in the state­ment.

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