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.
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.