Napolitano and Nixon Tour St. John's Mercy Field Hospital in Joplin

June 9, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon toured Mercy field hospital in Joplin Thursday, June 9. The DMAT hospital, available through federal funds, is being used until a temporary hospital can be put into place.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

Janet Napolitano visits with

Mercy Hospital Joplin chief nurse

officer / chief operating officer Dottie

Bringle, RN, during a tour in Joplin

Thursday, June 9. Mercy CEO

Lynn Britton (far left) and

Congressman Billy Long,

Missouri 7th District (center)

were among those on the tour.

Secretary Napolitano praised Mercy physicians and co-workers for their quick response to the nearly total destruction of the hospital facility.  The Secretary went on to pledge continuing federal support to return Mercy Hospital Joplin to full function in coming months.

Governor Nixon has been very active in coordinating state and federal response to the destruction of the Joplin hospital.

Within a week, the 60-bed, high-tech field hospital was up and functioning.  On average, 130 patients per day are being treated at the hospital, which has an ER, surgical and imaging capabilities and more.                

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