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The new state-of-the-art hospital in Joplin will be located near the intersection of I-44 and Main Street, on the southeast corner of 50thand Main. Dr. Sean Smith is Physician President of St John’s Clinic Joplin and Kansas Divisions.
“It will be a 100-acre complex that will house not only our new fully state-of-the-art Level II trauma center, but also centers for oncology, our behavioral health/rehab facilities, all will be strategically placed on this new campus.”
The hospital damaged in the tornado was built in the 1960’s, had more than 360 beds, and was land-locked, limiting expansion. Smith says the new facility will be bigger and better.
“Our new facility will no longer have the land-locked problem. We’ll have plenty of room for future expansion. We get to literally start from the ground up with a clean slate and design what we want healthcare to be in our community, not only now, but plan for 20, 40 years down the road because we get to impact what happens in our community for the next 100 years with the plans we make over the next 24 months.”
St. John’s officials plan to break ground on the new Joplin hospital next January and expect to move into the facility in the spring of 2014. Smith calls it an aggressive schedule, but says there’s no reason to put it off.
“This is the shot in the arm that our staff needed to see. We have a vision for the future, and it’s nice to see it in a laid out plan with a photograph, to look on the map and know where it’s going to be and know we’re going to start in the next couple of months. This is what not only our co-workers needed, but the community of Joplin as well.”
If you’d like to see a rendering of the new facility, St. John’s has shared that image with KSMU and we have it posted on our website KSMU.org.