Mercy in Spotlight for Unique Construction

April 17, 2015

The 890,000-square-foot facility opened March 22, 2015.

The doors have been open at Mercy Hospital Joplin for nearly a month, and it's already getting national attention.

Becker’s Hospital Review, a top health care publication, has ranked the tornado-resistant hospital among its top five unique construction projects in the U.S. In an article “Five Unique Hospital, Health System Construction Projects,” Becker’s highlights the technology and architecture within the 890,000-square-foot facility.

“[Mercy] reorganized the hospital to place the operating rooms next to the emergency department and physicians' offices near patient rooms. The new hospital also…features plenty of new technology, such as a telestroke program, EHR system, updated medical imaging machine that allows physicians to take 3D images, CT scans, MRI images and PET scans, and a telemedicine center.”

Click here to learn more about Mercy’s storm-hardened hospital, which opened March 22, 2015 – nearly four years after a tornado destroyed the former St. John’s Hospital. The hospital was built in half the time expected for a building of its size.

Becker’s four other top facilities include San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, which is partially funded by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as well as UCSF Medical Center, also in San Francisco. Also included are Parkland and William P. Clements Jr. University, both in Dallas.

Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 35 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and two orthopedic hospitals, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

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