Barnes-Jewish Physician Sets Up Makeshift Hospital in Joplin Following Tornado Disaster

Brian Froelke, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and chief medical officer for the Missouri medical disaster team, has set out to Joplin, Mo., to help set up a makeshift hospital in the aftermath of the tornado disaster, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch news report.

The tornado has rendered the town's hospital, St. John's Regional Medical Center, useless. Freeman Health System, another Joplin hospital, also lost some power, according to the news report.

The disaster medical team in Joplin set up a makeshift 30-bed hospital out of a local business, which will serve as a replacement emergency department. Patients came to the makeshift hospital with minor injuries, including lacerations and broken bones. Patients with more serious injuries were transferred to hospitals in Springfield and Kansas City, according to the news report.

Dr. Froelke said the medical disaster team's 60-bed mobile medical unit will be deployed after St. John's Regional undergoes repairs.

Read the news report about the medical disaster team in Missouri.

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