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Mercy recounts evacuation efforts in Joplin
Mercy recounts evacuation efforts in Joplin

The following is from Joe Slatton of St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Mercy thanks the courageous doctors, nurses and other caregivers who evacuated 183 patients after a tornado struck St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening. A number of Mercy caregivers themselves were injured. Their selfless efforts put their patients first and resulted in a timely and orderly evacuation.

In spite of these heroic efforts, Mercy is saddened to confirm that five patients lost their lives. The families of the patients have been notified. In addition, an unidentified visitor was among those who perished. Authorities have been working to determine the identity of the visitor and to notify the family.

Mercy is working with emergency response agencies, city and state officials, and other health care organizations to follow up on those patients who were evacuated from the hospital Sunday evening. In ongoing dialogue with the Governor and his office, Mercy has brought to bear our resources from other communities across four states. These resources have included providing supplies at the Memorial Hall triage center and to Freeman Health System. Nurses, physicians and others from across Mercy have rallied in support of their Joplin co-workers and the Joplin community.

As reported earlier in the day, medical records have been found throughout the area. Mercy is asking anyone who has found medical records or information that appears to be related to patient care to hold these documents, as we determine a process for collecting them. Please respect the privacy of any records you may have, and we will advise about the process for returning them to Mercy shortly.

We have received offers of support from across the country. Mercy is accepting donations to assist the victims of the tornado through www.mercy.net. We appreciate the generosity that has been extended to Mercy and to the Joplin community.

Mercy stands committed to continuing to provide high quality medical care in Joplin and we will hold meetings in the near future to discuss employment logistics.