The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 9, 2012

Donation of former St. John’s hospital site becomes official

By Emily Younker

JOPLIN, Mo. — Officials with Mercy Hospital in Joplin on Friday morning formally signed over most of the land along McClelland Boulevard that had housed the old St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

Kyle Falkenrath, a senior project manager with Mercy, said the hospital system donated the land to the Joplin School District and the Stained Glass Theatre to help with the healing of the Joplin community after the May 2011 tornado.

“I’m excited about the prospect of kids being in school on this site in very short order and seeing the Stained Glass Theatre have a presence again,” he said.

The school district has already begun construction on the southern part of the property of a new 600-student elementary school that will house students from Irving and Emerson schools.

Officials with the Stained Glass Theatre say they don’t expect to begin construction on a new theater until they have raised enough money, which could take about two years.

The new Mercy Hospital is under construction at 50th Street and Hearnes Boulevard.