The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 16, 2011

GALLERY: Location for new hospital announced

JOPLIN, Mo. — St. John’s Mercy said today it will build a new hospital near Interstate 44 and Main Street to replace the one hit by the May 22 tornado.

That hospital “along with plans to build additional healthcare services elsewhere in Joplin” will mean an investment of $950 million, hospital officials said.

“We are making this commitment because it’s the right thing to do for Joplin,” Lynn Britton, president and chief executive officer of Mercy, said in a statement.

“We plan to break ground in January 2012 and open the new hospital, as well as a secondary northeast campus, in 2014.”

Mercy will rebuild with 327 inpatient beds and a planned expansion to 424 beds.

See Wednesday’s Joplin Globe for further details.

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