St. John's Regional Medical Center (Missouri)

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St. John's Regional Medical Center
Location Joplin, Missouri, United States
Coordinates 37°03′40″N 94°31′51″W / 37.06100°N 94.53093°W / 37.06100; -94.53093Coordinates: 37°03′40″N 94°31′51″W / 37.06100°N 94.53093°W / 37.06100; -94.53093
Care system Private
Hospital type Community
Affiliated university None
Emergency department Level II for Trauma certification
Beds 100+
Founded 1896
Closed 2011 (Destroyed)
Lists Hospitals in Missouri

St. John's Regional Medical Center was a hospital in Joplin, Missouri, USA.


St. John's Regional Medical Center after the May 22 Joplin tornado

The hospital was founded on October 24, 1896, by the Appoline A. Blair.[1] The facility was expanded in 1968 to include two connecting buildings of seven and nine floors.[2]

On May 22, 2011, the hospital was seriously damaged by a tornado from the May 2011 tornado outbreak. At least four people were killed inside the hospital and its grounds,[3] and surviving patients were evacuated from the health facility, which sustained major structural damage.[4] One of the hospital's towers took a direct hit by the storm and was rotated four inches on its foundation.[5]

Mere hours after the deadliest recorded tornado in U.S. history hit Joplin, the Missouri Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) started working to create a plan to help the survivors. The following Wednesday, DMAT deployed their 8,000 square foot field hospital to temporarily replace the destroyed hospital. Six days after the tornado, on May 29, 2011 St. John's medical staff gave medical treatment to their community in the BLU-MED field hospital.[6]

The existing hospital was structurally unsafe and was eventually demolished. One week after the tornado, St. John's (now known as Mercy) announced they would rebuild. Mercy is in the process of building a hospital in Joplin at Interstate 44 and Hearnes Boulevard; it is scheduled to open in 2015, replacing the facility destroyed by the tornado. There will also be an auxiliary facility on the northeast side.[5][7][8]

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  1. ^ "St John's History". Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved June 2013. 
  2. ^ Adler, Eric; Bauer, Linda (June 20, 2011). "Condition Gray: Inside the hospital as the Joplin tornado hit". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved June 2013. 
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ St. Amand, Amanda (May 25, 2011). "Debris in front of St. John's Medical Center in Joplin". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b McBride, Don (May 28, 2011). "Making a Difference in Tornado Ravaged Joplin". ACCESS Family Care. Retrieved June 2013. 
  6. ^ Campbell, Chris. "Everything was Wiped Out As Far As You Can See." Suburban Jounrals, 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  7. ^ "A look inside Joplin Hospital". Mercy Medical Services. August 3, 2011. Retrieved June 2013. 
  8. ^ Okeson, Sarah (August 16, 2011). "St. John's to rebuild Joplin hospital at I-44 and Main Street". Springfield News-Ledger. Retrieved June 2013.