June 8, 2023

Move strengthens commitment to the health and well-being of mid-Missourians

University of Missouri Health Care and long-time Jefferson City affiliate Capital Region Medical Center announced today they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to fully integrate their health systems. The move is the next step in a partnership that began more than 25 years ago.

“We value community health care and the last quarter-century has taught us that our two hospitals are stronger together,” said Nim Chinniah, University of Missouri’s vice chancellor for health affairs. “Combining the strength of a community hospital with the expertise of a premier academic health system has delivered a higher level of care to mid-Missouri and we are eager to build on that success.”

The affiliation between MU Health Care and Capital Region has created benefits to include new specialty services and a shared state-of-the-art electronic medical record, enhancing coordination of care. A full integration will present new medical, professional and academic opportunities, advancing access to quality health care for the community.

“The health care industry has changed since our partnership began. We must evolve to continue serving our communities while creating new opportunities for our patients and employees,” said Gaspare Calvaruso, Capital Region Medical Center president. “As the health care industry landscape changes, we continue to see more frequent integration of community hospitals with larger health systems for efficiency and to create a more sustainable model of care.”

MU Health Care and Capital Region Medical Center remain committed to patient-focused health care in Jefferson City and the surrounding areas. Leadership at both MU Health Care and Capital Region recognizes the important role of employees, physicians, vendors and community leaders in ensuring high-quality health care.

The organizations are working to reach a definitive agreement in the coming months, and the integration details are expected to be finalized by the end of this year, subject to University of Missouri and Capital Region board approvals.