Press Release: 01.10.2012

Rebuilding in Joplin

Mercy Joplin
Joplin, Missouri

“McCarthy is honored to serve as a trusted partner with Mercy throughout the years and specifically through this process.”
—Scott Wittkop, president, Central Division, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Mercy has selected McCarthy to serve as construction manager for a new 825,000-square-foot hospital in Joplin, Mo., to replace the former St. John’s Mercy Regional Medical Center demolished May 22, 2011 in an EF-5 tornado - the deadliest tornado in Missouri and the U.S since 1947.

The new, larger hospital has a construction budget of $335 million and will initially have 261 inpatient beds but able to expand to 309. Plans include medical surgical, critical care, women’s/children’s (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms), behavioral health and rehab. The new hospital will be located at the intersection of Interstate 44 and Main Street in Joplin.

“We are making this commitment because it’s the right thing to do for Joplin,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy, which includes 30 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient facilities in a seven-state area. “The May 22 tornado devastated our community in Joplin and destroyed our hospital, but we’ve promised all along we would rebuild. We worked closely with McCarthy to break ground in January.”

McCarthy has worked in tandem with Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy since the disaster, arriving in Joplin just days after the massive tornado struck. McCarthy worked alongside the National Guard, setting up a temporary 60-bed field hospital so that Mercy could re-establish medical services to the Joplin community as soon as possible. The tents have since been upgraded to insulated panels to better endure the winter. The facility is still in use and will serve patients until spring 2012, when a more secure temporary solution - a modular “component hospital” - will take its place.

“We were passionate about helping Mercy replace its battered building with a temporary field hospital only one week after the tornado devastated the city of Joplin,” explained McCarthy Central Division President Scott Wittkop. “We are just as passionate about replacing the temporary hospital with a ‘component hospital,’ and finally a bigger and better replacement hospital to serve the Joplin community.”

McCarthy has been working with Mercy planners to develop the functional program for the replacement hospital since July 2011. The architect is HKS, Inc. in association with Archimages, Inc., with Heideman & Associates serving as the MEP Engineer. 

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic healthcare system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 30 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit

Project Personnel:
Director: Tate Jacobitz
VP Preconstruction/MEP: Jaime Perera
Precon. Director: Mike Stapf
Mechanical Estimator: Tim Tierney
Electrical Estimator: Jeanine Wiess
Scheduler: Chip Madinger
Sr. Managers: Ryan Felton, Tim Mead
Manager: Steve Meuschke
Superintendents: Kevin Muchow, Jason Wegner
Asst. Superintendent: Alex Maksimovich
Staff: Vicki Bush, Dave Dahlquist, Amanda Darnold, Jake Dohmeier, Andrew Short, Jason Pavia, Debrah Steele

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