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Mercy Hospital Shines a Light on Joplin's Future

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 A sold out event brings support to the new Mercy Hospital whose construction could close in on one billion dollars.

Its Mercy Hospital's time to shine as construction reaches completion and it prepares to open to the public in March.

KOAM's Diane Gerstenfeld is back from a big benefit event that started with tours of the new hospital. 

The theme “Shine” comes from a sister of Mercy who helped start the hospital in Joplin, Sister Catherine McAuley who said we should shine in the work we do and how we interact with people. 

And the new hospital intends to shine as it reopens soon. Tonight's event started with elegant hors d'oeuvres to help honor those who have made donations to rebuild the hospital and they were also taken on tours of the facility. The Mercy Health Foundation has raised more than $50 million from donations. Those and proceeds from tonight's event will be used to buy specific pieces of equipment for the hospital that has cost nearly a half a billion dollars to build. And officials say they're excited to welcome people to Mercy's new house.

“Actually exceeded our expectations we were involved in the design and the planning and all the work that went into but yeah its exceeded it, it's beautiful, but so functional  too, so modern, so clinically progressive. It's really exciting,” says Mercy Joplin President Gary Pulsipher.

“This is a tremendous asset for our community we want people to feel comfortable here feel like this is home. As I said lives will be saved here and we want people to feel comfortable here,” says Mercy Health Foundation Regional Vice President Fred Osborne. 
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