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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