Mercy Joplin Quick Facts

Mercy doctor's coat Mercy Hospital Joplin has been a healing presence in the Joplin region for more than 125 years.

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  • Recognized by the American College of Cardiology in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” issue for commitment to hospital care for heart patients.
  • Named the only Top General Hospital in Missouri and one of only 45 Top General Hospitals nationwide by The Leapfrog Group. 
  • Awarded highest possible grade seven consecutive times since 2015 by The Leapfrog Group. Scores released twice a year. 
  • Named 100 Top Hospital five times by Thomson Reuters
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  • 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)

135,887 visits


$1.8 million

Traditional Charity Care


Unreimbursed Medicaid

33,510 visits

Emergency Room

240 Beds

Inpatient Care

88 Locations

Clinic and Outpatient

5,252 Surgeries

Inpatient & Outpatient

2,109 Co-workers

Hospital Based

76 Physicians

Mercy Clinic

10,741 Discharges

Acute Inpatient

1,238 Births

Maternity Services

About Mercy

Mercy, one of the 20 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, more than 4,000 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.

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Jordan Larimore
Carthage, Columbus, Joplin
Phone: 417-556-2260