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Two years after tornado, Mercy Hospital rebuild continues

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There are signs of progress on the new Mercy hospital every day.  A crew of around 250 are working to provide a new state of the art health care facility.

Crews are starting to install reinforced concrete panels on the exterior side of the building.

Even with a few serious thunderstorms over the past couple weeks the construction of the building is on schedule.

The next step is to enclose the building and make it weather tight so crews can start working on the inside of the building.

There have been some challenges, especially in planning for the future, says Mercy's Executive Director for Strategic Projects, John Farnen.

"We're going to have the latest and greatest technology in this facility and actually we are two years out from opening and we don't know what the new technology will be all," says Farnen.  "So we are planning for that the best we can and are installing what we know we can but in two years when all that comes off the assembly line then we'll have to make some adjustments for that."

The exterior walls of the hospital are expected to be complete by the end of the summer.

The entire project is scheduled to be complete by March 2015.
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