Mercy Hospital makes a major announcement after receiving a $5 million gift from the United Arab Emirates this morning.
Several state leaders, Mercy officials and representatives from the UAE gathered at the site of the new hospital now under construction at I-44 and Main Street.
The UAE reached out to Joplin shortly after the storm, donating $500,000 to Joplin Schools and later sending volunteers to help build homes with the Habitat for Humanity.
Now, they plan to make a difference in healthcare for children.
Today, the country's ambassador to the U.S. announced a $5 million gift to Mercy Hospital. The money will fund a pediatrics wing as well as the hospital's first ever NICU.
Mercy officials say they are grateful to now have the opportunity to provide specialized infant care within the community.
"It will establish a state of the art care and service for many years to come," says Mercy Executive Vice President Mike McMurry. "Hospitals are rarely built and we live in them for a very long time. This hospital will stand as a testament to the will of the people of Joplin, but it will also stand as a sign of friendship of a great people many, many miles away."
During today's ceremony Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba commented on how inspiring the Joplin community has been to the people of his country.
He says it's that inspiration which has fueled this continued generosity.
Mercy plans to donate land at the old St. John's Hospital site to the Joplin School District, Stained Glass Theatre and the Joplin Museum Complex.