Damage to St. John's Hospital is seen one day after a tornado tore through Joplin killing at least 122 people on May 24, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. The tornado that ripped through the town of about 50,000 people May 22, is being called the …
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Officials with the Joplin hospital destroyed in the May 22 tornado say they hope to have a site and design for a new hospital by December.
Gary Pulsipher, president of St. John's Regional Medical Center, says a committee has formed to begin looking for a site to rebuild. The goal is to choose a site, buy the land and have a design ready for the Mercy Health System's board of directors to consider at its December meeting.
The Joplin Globe reported Monday that it is likely to take 2 1/2 years to rebuild the hospital.
In the meantime, St. John's is operating out of a mobile medical unit east of the existing medical center. Pulsipher says the mobile hospital will be replaced with a second-stage hospital within a few months.
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