Inside St. John's Medical Center, Mix of Chaos and Bravery

9 years 1 week 3 days ago Monday, May 23 2011 May 23, 2011 Monday, May 23, 2011 5:48:00 PM CDT May 23, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) - Hospital officials said five patients and one visitor at St. John's Regional Medical Center were among the at least 116 people killed during the tornado that tore through Joplin.

The hospital issued a Monday evening statement revising the number of victims killed there from five to six. Officials say there was at least 10 minutes' warning inside the building before the twister hit Sunday night. Windows were blown out and X-rays and medical records were sucked up and dumped two counties away.

The entire 367-bed hospital was evacuated for fear of structural damage after the twister had passed. Walls in the modern, nine-story high-rise were knocked 10 feet out of place and rooms were strewn with broken glass, concrete, ceiling tiles and other debris.

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