As Joplin Rebuilds, Admissions 'Strong'

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , April 18, 2012

"When we decided where to site our new hospital we got community leaders together to help us decide where the best place might be for the community not just the hospital," he says. "We are much better integrated now than we were before the storm."

Since May 22, 2011 Mercy Health System has made all the right moves in Joplin. The health system moved quickly in the hours after the storm to bring in resources and reassure the stunned people of a devastated city that the hospital would continue to be there for them.

Mercy ensured that the 2,200 employees at the destroyed hospital would continue to work at other Mercy hospitals and even competitors' hospitals in the region. Leadership understood that a hospital is an important economic driver in any city and that the loss of several hundred jobs would make the recovery more difficult. Also, for practical purposes, they didn't want to lose a dedicated staff when they reopened.

That commitment has sent a powerful message. Through word and deed Mercy Health System is telling the people of Joplin, "we will rebuild together."   

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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