New Hospital Treats Tornado Victims

1 decade 2 years 1 month ago Wednesday, March 15 2006 Mar 15, 2006 Wednesday, March 15, 2006 5:58:14 PM CST March 15, 2006 in News

When tornadoes roared through mid-Missouri, Sweet Springs' four-month-old hospital was the only choice for the victims.

"Normally, we have 3-5 patients in here at the most," said James Noble, a staff member at I-70 Medical Center. "All of the sudden, within the space of 15-20 minutes, we have 11 additional patients."

That's well above the hospital's average number of patients.

"In my nursing career in small, rural hospitals in Missouri, other than maybe four or five accident victims, that 11 was the most that I've dealt with," said nurse Julie Wilkinson. "We're like the little hospital that could."

And, numbers went up again when two dozen people from the Sweet Springs area went to the hospital looking for a safe place to stay. Staff at the I-70 Medical Center said one family drove off the road trying to find shelter Sunday night.

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