The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 23, 2011

More than 1,000 people suffer injuries

JOPLIN, Mo. — More than 1,000 people have been treated for injuries stemming from the tornado that struck Joplin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Freeman Health System in Joplin treated 467 people in the hours immediately after the tornado struck.

More than 396 people sought treatment for injuries Sunday night at hospitals outside of Joplin. That was continuing on Monday.

One of the busiest hospitals was Integris Regional Medical Center at Miami, Okla., where 91 people were treated, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Of those, 29 were admitted.

Via Christi Medical Center at Pittsburg, Kan., received 76 people who were either injured or transferred from a Joplin hospital.

Another busy area hospital was McCune-Brooks Regional Medical Center at Carthage where officials worked well into the early morning hours treating injured people. A hospital spokeswoman could not be reached for comment as to the exact number who were treated.

Thirty-nine people were treated at Freeman Neosho Hospital.    

Barton County Memorial Hospital at Lamar received 23 injured people. Seven people were admitted there.

Five people drove themselves to Nevada Regional Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

Five people sought treatment at Cox Monett Hospital. Of those, three were admitted. A hospital spokeswoman said they were expecting to see more patients today from Joplin.

At Springfield, 90 people were treated at Cox Medical Center. Some of them were admitted, a hospital spokesman said. About 60 people were treated at St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield in the hours immediately after the tornado, but an updated count on Monday was not immediately available from a hospital spokesman.

At Tulsa, Okla., six people were admitted at St. Francis Hospital and two were admitted at St. John Medical Center.


Eighty-nine people are reported dead from a tornado Sunday afternoon, but authorities expect the death toll to continue to climb.

City Manager Mark Rohr said this morning that a tornado cut a path six miles long and a half mile wide through the town.

A door-to-door search is underway.

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