Miami, OK, hospital flooded with tornado patients from Joplin, Mo.

Victims from the Sunday tornado in Joplin, Mo., are being treated by Oklahoma health care workers at hospitals in Miami and Grove. The Red Cross has sent professional staff to Joplin to help but is keeping volunteers in state in case severe weather breaks out in Oklahoma.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY rmedley@opubco.com Published: May 24, 2011
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Cox, who worked a day shift Sunday, stayed overnight as the victims continued to arrive.

“Everyone is from Joplin,” Cox said. “We're hearing some incredible stories right now.”

Another 45 tornado victims from Joplin were sent to Springfield, Mo., where the hospitals are full. St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin was closed due to heavy tornado damage, and all patients were sent to other hospitals.

Doctors and nurses from Integris Grove General Hospital helped out at the Miami hospital, and some workers were sent to Joplin, spokeswoman Kristi Wallace said. The hospital also accepted patients from Joplin, she said.

The Grove hospital sent a bus to Joplin to help take patients to other hospitals in the region, said Integris spokeswoman Brooke Cayot in Oklahoma City. She said medical supplies from Grove were sent to Joplin and to the Miami hospital.

Thirteen tornado victims, all in stable condition, were taken to the Grove hospital. Most had fractures and bruising, Wallace said.

The Red Cross provided 75 units of blood to a hospital in Pittsburg, Kan., for those affected by the storm. Additional blood was shipped to hospitals in northeast Oklahoma.

CONTRIBUTING: Sheila Stogsdill, State Correspondent

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