CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) – The Sisters of Mercy Health System is taking over a hospital about 15 miles northeast of Joplin that it paid to expand after its own hospital was destroyed in this spring’s deadly tornado.

The Joplin Globe reported that the transfer of the city-owned McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital in Carthage becomes official Sunday. The Carthage City Council approved Mercy’s 50-year lease of the hospital in November.

Starting with the new year, the hospital will change its name to Mercy McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital. In two years, it will become Mercy Carthage.

Mercy paid to expand McCune-Brooks’ bed space and services after Mercy’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin took a direct hit from the twister. McCune-Brooks says more services are to come as a result of the lease.

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