Ceremony marks start of Joplin hospital's demo - KMOV.com

Ceremony marks start of Joplin hospital's demo

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Demolition has begun on a Joplin hospital that took a direct hit from a deadly May 22 tornado.

The Joplin Globe reported that about 1,000 people turned out Sunday for a ceremony at the shell of the once-bustling St. John's Mercy Hospital. Speakers talked about the history of the hospital before a wrecking ball ceremonially smacked the side of the building a few times. From there, the crowd went to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new structure. It is being built at a site three miles away.

The tornado cut a wide path through Joplin and hit the hospital particularly hard, knocking out virtually every window, killing and injuring several people inside.

For now, St. John's is operating out of a temporary space.

Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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