Missouri Congressman Tours Mercy Hospital
March 14, 2015 09:29 am CDT
JOPLIN, MO.--- "We were so excited for the Joplin area and to see this come to fruition. We've all watched it since day one," said Congressman Billy Long, Missouri.
Long has made repeat visits to the developing site. This tour shows off all of the new features, everything from a brand new NICU to a facility built to withstand storms.
"I've heard a little about the back up generators and everything, which is always a concern to people in a tornado area like this. So we're just really, really excited to see the new facility here today," said Long.
Congressman Billy Long toured the power plant where a redundant electric supply will help keep lights on during an emergency. Even the windows and roof are reinforced with safety in mind. He also got a firsthand view the emergency department and the way technology will factor into daily operations.
"It's all state of the art and we're excited to see all the new developments and everything they've put together for this facility," he said.
Mercy leaders say Long has played an important role advocating for FEMA funding and keeping the lines of communication open to Washington DC. They add having him on site gives them the chance to share some of the more intangible improvements.
"You know the thing I like most about this building is just the way the patient flow works. It was designed from that perspective for patients and families," said Gary Pulsipher, Mercy Joplin President.
Long says the hospital opening helps with his goal to make sure other national leaders maintain support for Joplin's recovery.
"I always want to make sure they don't forget Joplin, and make sure that the recovery is ongoing," said Long.
Of course, what's been nearly four years of planning and construction is almost done. The new Mercy Hospital opens on March 22nd.