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story.lead_photo.caption Special to the Democrat-Gazette/MERCY JOPLIN...The construction on Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., is shown in this April 19 aerial photo. In the wake of the EF-5 tornado that hit St. John's Hospital, as it was then known, in Joplin, hospital organizers decided to enlist contractors and builders from around the country to help them construct a hospital that can withstand both a tornado and an earthquake. The new hospital is expected to open in 2015.

Signs of 2011’s catastrophic EF5-rated tornado that ripped through Joplin remain evident across the city’s landscape. Rising from the destruction is the new seven-story Mercy Hospital Joplin, considered a state-of-the-art facility for its hardened exterior, innovative protective window systems and other measures that will prevent the breakdown in services caused by the last disaster.

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Northwest Arkansas, Pages 7 on 04/29/2013

Print Headline: Joplin hospital rebuilt to stand

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