Hospital the only building left standing



Windows were blown out, gurneys tossed up to five blocks away, and 183 patients and about 200 staffers were evacuated. X-rays from St. John’s reportedly were found in driveways in Dade County, Missouri, about 70 miles away.

The building in southwest Joplin stood empty Monday morning, looking as if it had been bombed. Mangled cars had been tossed about the parking lot and strewn in front of the emergency room entrance. The hospital’s medical helicopter lay some distance away from its landing pad, heavily damaged.

While 116 died in the Tornado, there was no information on whether anyone was injured or killed when the tornado struck the hospital.

Full story on CNN

I can only imagine what this would be like working in the ED there. What do you do, knowing that a tornado is bearing down on you, but you have others to worry about? Tough stuff.


About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on May 24, 2011, in Emergency Medicine, Life. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. To put things into perspective,Joplin tornado and its 89 fatalities from 5/22/2011 is the 21st deadliest tornado in recorded U.S. history.

  1. Pingback: Joplin – A ER Docs Account | ER JEDI

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