|St. John's Mercy Hospital, destroyed in the May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin, has made an unrestricted donation to McCune Brooks Hospital located in Carthage. In return McCune-Brooks has signed an assistance agreement with St. John's to provide for the expnsion of beds from 25 to 52 and for St. John's to furnish staff and equipment for a third surgery suite. The partnership will provide a working environment for about 80 St. John's co-workers.
We did a tour of McCune Brooks and were absolutely impressed with the design of the facility and the fact that it is built around the patient experience,” explained Gary Pulsipher, St. John’s Mercy Hospital president / CEO. “This is a wonderful arrangement for co-workers and patients alike. Patients can get care close to home. And we are able to give St. John's Mercy co-workers and physicians a place to serve."
On January 18, 2008, the McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital opened for business in their new location on the south side of the of Carthage. MBRH is a 145,000 sq. ft. facility; featuring an out-patient clinic, 25 private patient rooms, expanded women’s program and ER services, an all new digital Radiology Department and a re-birth of McCune-Brooks’ obstetrics program including whirlpool baths, family rooms and individualized care.
McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital serves patients primarily from the counties of Jasper, Newton, Barton, Greene, and Lawrence. The medical staff includes family practice physicians, surgeons, and other specialists. Staff is made up of physicians, whose primary practice is in Carthage, as well as those who maintain an office in both Carthage and Joplin. An emergency room with 24-hour physician coverage is available for patients who need urgent care due to illness or injury.
After orientation in our system and introduction to our mission, vision and values, St. John’s Partner employees will help us ensure continued patient safety and comfort, allowing us to continue to provide patient-centered care,” said Bob Copeland, CEO of McCune-Brooks.