1896: Sisters of Mercy establish hospital in Joplin
1968: St. John’s Regional Medical Center opens at 2727 McClelland Blvd.
1996: Catholic Health Initiatives becomes St. John’s sponsoring organization
2009: Rejoins Sisters of Mercy
May 22, 2011: EF5 tornado destroys hospital
May 28, 2011: Mercy opens 60-bed temporary tent hospital to serve the needs of Joplin
August 2011: Modular hospital opens, replacing field hospital
2012: Mercy opens pre-cast concrete hospital with full-scale emergency department and birthing facilities that is 30 percent stronger than former hospital
2015: 900,000-square-foot, $435 million Mercy Hospital Joplin opens to serve Joplin's growing needs (four times the size of the 2012 facility) and featuring unprecedented "storm hardened" safety features
2018: Mercy opens 8th floor of hospital for inpatient behavioral health services.
$60 million data center provides fail-safe protection and power. When an EF5 tornado struck Mercy's Joplin facility in 2011, patient records electronically backed up at offsite data center were immediately available.
MyMercy, a free service, allows patients to connect online with their doctors, plus see medical information, view test results, renew prescriptions and schedule appointments using a personal computer or smartphone.
New in 2017 is Mercy Bedside, patients can use a tablet to access vital signs and lab results, learn about their care or condition, access health education, view daily schedules and get to know their care team.
With vICU, Mercy monitors hospital beds. More than 40 board-certified, critical-care physicians and 60 critical-care nurses help monitor remote patients, reducing length of stay, mortality, ventilator-associated pneumonia and central blood line infections.
Smart pumps reduce medication errors through programmable dosing equipment.
Pharmacy robotics provides patient medication dispensing system aided through the use of a department robot.
Surgical robot that assists in complex surgical procedures, including OB-GYN services.
By the Numbers (FY2022)
Traditional Charity Care
Other Community Benefit
Clinic and Outpatient
Inpatient & Outpatient
Mercy, one of
the 25 largest U.S. health systems and named the top large system in the U.S.
for excellent patient experience by NRC Health, serves millions annually with
nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable
Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state
health care system including more than 40 acute care,
managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab)
hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and
pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and
outpatient facilities, 4,000 Mercy
Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners, and more than 40,000 co-workers
serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri
and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach
ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.