Hospital Destroyed by Joplin Tornado to Rebuild
JOPLIN (AP) - The Joplin hospital where at least nine people died in the May 22 tornado has announced its rebuilding plans.
The new St. John's Regional Medical Center will be built at the intersection of Interstate 44 and Main Street in the southwest Missouri city. Officials with the Chesterfield-based Sisters of Mercy Health System announced the location Tuesday night.
Construction will begin in January 2012, with the new facility to open in 2014 along with a second campus in northeast Joplin.
The new hospital will initially have 327 inpatient beds but expand to 424, or more than 50 beds than the previous site.
St. John's replaced its battered building with a temporary field hospital one week after the EF-5 tornado that devastated the city. A more secure "component hospital" will soon replace that structure.