Joplin and the surrounding communities will say goodbye to the past and celebrate the future at the demolition and groundbreaking ceremonies on Sunday, Jan. 29. The event is free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
A farewell service will be held on the east side of St. John’s campus, located at 26th and McClelland. The ceremony will honor the more than 100-year heritage of St. John’s and the 43 years of service this particular facility provided to the four-state region. A wrecking ball will symbolically strike the building to signify the beginning of the demolition process.
Missouri State Highway Patrol will transport a 4-foot wooden cross that once hung in the hospital’s emergency department to the new hospital site. St. John’s MedFlight, Joplin Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff Department and Newton County Sheriff Department will also participate in the escort.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the site of the new hospital, located at I-44 and Main Street. The service will be a celebration of Mercy’s future and the rebuilding of Joplin. Mercy leaders and co-workers will be the first to break ground with shovels. Mercy’s new logo will also be revealed.
A reception will immediately follow the groundbreaking where refreshments will be served.
Media planning to bring a satellite or live truck, please contact Miranda Lewis prior to the event to ensure proper accommodations. All media are required to present press credentials for access to special media parking.