Mercy Hospital Joplin

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Mercy Hospital Joplin
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
Lists Hospitals in Missouri

Mercy Hospital Joplin, formerly known as St. John's Regional Medical Center, is a hospital in Joplin, Missouri, USA. The hospital is famous for suffering devastating damage in the 2011 Joplin tornado. That storm-ravaged building was demolished in 2013. Following a succession of temporary structures, the hospital reopened in a new location in 2015.[1]


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.[2] The facility was expanded in 1968 to include two connecting buildings of seven and nine floors.[3]

On May 22, 2011, the hospital was seriously damaged by a tornado from the tornado outbreak sequence of May 21–26, 2011. At least four people were killed inside the hospital and its grounds,[4] and surviving patients were evacuated from the health facility, which sustained major structural damage.[5] One of the hospital's towers took a direct hit by the storm and was rotated four inches on its foundation.[6] In the immediate aftermath, the Missouri National Guard established a field hospital at Joplin Memorial Hall.[7]

Mere hours after one of the deadliest recorded tornadoes 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.[8] This temporary hospital is now the home of the Kansas City University-Joplin School of Osteopathy.[9]

The existing hospital was structurally unsafe and was eventually demolished. Temporary buildings were constructed nearby for work to continue supporting the community. One week after the tornado, St. John's (now known as Mercy) announced they would rebuild. Mercy has rebuilt the hospital at Interstate 44 and Hearnes Boulevard; it opened in 2015, replacing the facility destroyed by the tornado. There is also an auxiliary facility on the northeast side.[6][10][11]

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  1. ^ "New Mercy Hospital Joplin Opens to Patients". Mercy. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "St John's History". Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved June 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Adler, Eric; Bauer, Linda (June 20, 2011). "Condition Gray: Inside the hospital as the Joplin tornado hit". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved June 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  5. ^ St. Amand, Amanda (May 25, 2011). "Debris in front of St. John's Medical Center in Joplin". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved June 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ a b McBride, Don (May 28, 2011). "Making a Difference in Tornado Ravaged Joplin". ACCESS Family Care. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved June 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Joplin, Missouri Field Hospital Retrieved 12 August 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Campbell, Chris. "Everything was Wiped Out As Far As You Can See." Suburban Journals, 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  9. ^ Younker, Emily (June 6, 2017). "KCU Joplin opens its doors to community in grand opening". The Joplin Globe. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "A look inside Joplin Hospital". Mercy Medical Services. August 3, 2011. Retrieved June 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ Okeson, Sarah (August 16, 2011). "St. John's to rebuild Joplin hospital at I-44 and Main Street". Springfield News-Ledger. Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved June 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)