St. Mary's Hospital in East St. Louis, Ill., has affiliated with St. Louis Health Care Network.
The affiliation will give the 140-bed hospital access to managed-care contracts, wellness programs, occupational medicine and specialty clinical services as well as consultation in physician practice management and development of a physician-hospital organization.
St. Louis Health Care Network comprises eight hospitals in metropolitan St. Louis. St. Mary's is its first hospital affiliate in Illinois. The network is a member of SSM Health Care System, which is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.
St. Mary's Hospital, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, is a member of Hobart, Ind.-based Ancilla Systems, which operates seven hospitals in Illinois and Indiana.