The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 22, 2012

Mercy Hospital Joplin making many changes simultaneously

By Roger McKinney
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — As Mercy Hospital Joplin prepares to move from modular buildings into a concrete-and-steel building that will be its home until the permanent hospital opens, work is proceeding this springs and summer toward demolition of the buildings destroyed by the May 22 tornado.

Gary Pulsipher, hospital president, said the warm winter has placed construction of the permanent hospital at Main Street and Interstate 44 about three months ahead of schedule. The hospital is scheduled to open by late 2015.

And what will be the hospital’s home until the permanent hospital opens is nearly complete.

Some with longtime connections to the hospital share their thoughts on demolition of the old building and building the new hospital.