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Springfield Hospitals Treat Tornado Victims

St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin took a direct hit during Sunday night's storm. Patients were evacuated to area hospitals including Freeman in Joplin, St. John's in Springfield and a hospital in Northern Arkansas. Another local hospital is also treating tornado victims. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more...

CoxHealth has received at least 90 patients following the deadly tornado that struck Joplin Sunday. And CoxHealth spokesperson Stacy Fender says patients continue to report to their ER Department.She says their top priority is opening hospital beds to care for tornado victims...

"It is a lot of patients. We're lucky that we have a new emergency department. You know, we built expansion in mind, and there's plenty of space there, and we have enough beds in the hospital that so far we've been able to take care ofeverybody. We are asking people who have loved ones in the hospital who are ready for discharge, if they can, to go ahead and make those transportation arrangements so that we can go ahead and try to open upsome more space in case we continue to get patients from the tornado area."

CoxHealth is working to arrange transportation to the Red Cross Shelter at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin for Storm victims who are treated and released and don’t have anywhere to go. If you need to check on a loved one who is a patient at CoxHealth, call 269-3211.