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St. John's Hospital in Joplin Image by Austin Robertson, KTTS News
(AP) - The owners of the Joplin hospital destroyed in Sunday's tornado say they will have a temporary 60-bed hospital set up in a nearby parking lot soon.
Lynn Britton, chief executive of St. Louis-based Sisters of Mercy Health System, says a replacement for St. John's Regional Medical Center will be running by Sunday.
Hospital officials gave a tour on Thursday to about 50 high-level federal officials from Washington. The group huddled in the wreckage of the lobby as emergency room technician Lindsay Dueker described that night.
Dueker said the tornado hit the building and seemed to stay atop it for five to eight minutes. "You could taste dirt," she said.
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