Mercy Hospital Joplin (Mo.) became eligible to receive more than $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for temporary medical offices, according to a news release from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
Mercy Joplin may get $1.5 million for medical offices
A Mercy official said receipt of the money is dependent on its insurance reimbursement. “Mercy is eligible for the funds but the Federal Emergency Management Agency will determine what we receive after all of our insurance reimbursements have been reconciled,” said Shelly Hunter, chief financial officer for Mercy Hospital Joplin, in an emailed statement.
The temporary facilities are for use while close to 150,000 square feet of medical offices are rebuilt, all part of a rebuilding effort that was required after Mercy's Joplin hospital was destroyed by a tornado in May of last year.
"Mercy Hospital has been crucial to helping the sick and suffering in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, despite the damage they suffered—and this new disaster aid coming to Joplin will help them stay open for business as they, too, work to rebuild,” McCaskill said in the release.
The federal government has provided more than $250 million worth of resources to the town for its recovery efforts, according to McCaskill's release.
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