Sisters of Mercy Health System is mobilizing available resources and staff members to aid the disaster response effort at 347-bed St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo. The hospital is part of 22-hospital Mercy, based in Chesterfield, Mo. St. John's was severely damaged by a massive tornado that tore through the region Sunday.
The Associated Press reported at least four people were killed at the hospital, quoting to Dr. Jim Roscoe, who arrived at the hospital shortly after the storm. He didn't know whether they were patients or staff. He said some colleagues who also were injured worked all night long.
Lynn Britton, Mercy's president and CEO, issued a statement on the system's website, calling the tornado “devastating.” The top priority, Britton said, is to account for the hospital's patients—who numbered 187 at the time of the storm—as well as its roughly 1,700 employees.
The patients were triaged through Freeman Health System, a 318-bed hospital also located in Joplin. They were then sent to a number of different hospitals scattered throughout southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, according to the statement.
St. John's roof was torn off in the storm and hundreds of the facility's windows were blown out, according to reports from the Associated Press.