Replacement for destroyed Joplin hospital to open by Sunday

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 4:05 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN — The owners of the Joplin hospital destroyed in Sunday's tornado said they will have a temporary 60-bed hospital set up in a nearby parking lot soon.

Lynn Britton, chief executive of St. Louis-based Sisters of Mercy Health System, said a replacement for St. John's Regional Medical Center will be running by the upcoming Sunday.

Hospital officials gave a tour on Thursday to about 50 high-level federal officials from Washington. The group huddled in the wreckage of the lobby as emergency room technician Lindsay Dueker described the night of the storm.

Dueker said the tornado hit the building and seemed to stay atop it for five to eight minutes.

"You could taste dirt," she said.

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Harold Sutton May 26, 2011 | 4:57 p.m.

I suppose some will think that I am a bit critical but; The expense for "about 50 high level federal officals from Washington".?? That expense would have been better put to use helping the people of Joplin and the Hospital. One Federal Official should have been enough. Sight-seeing at taxpayers expense is getting old. And how will the President coming on Sunday help?

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Paul Allaire May 26, 2011 | 5:13 p.m.

Do you think that the only thing they were doing was touring the hospital?

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Richard Saunders May 26, 2011 | 5:51 p.m.

No Paul, I'd assume they were all also looking at how to best manage this opportunity to expand their own political power, otherwise, they'd be back at work serving the public, or whatever it is that high-level bureaucritters do (other than attend photo ops).

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Paul Allaire May 26, 2011 | 6:42 p.m.

"whatever it is that high-level bureaucritters do"

Ah. I'm glad to hear an informed opinion from someone who really knows what's going on.

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