Officials from Joplin, Missouri hospital to speak about recovery from 2011 tornado


Leaders from Mercy Hospital, destroyed by the tornado that hit Joplin, to share Emergency Management experience and expertise

WHAT: A leadership team from Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., is coming to Tufts Medical Center to speak about Emergency Management — response, recovery, and rebuilding — and share their powerful story of how, in May of 2011, their hospital was completely destroyed by one of the deadliest tornadoes in United States history. The tornado resulted in over 160 fatalities, injured hundreds more, and left nearly a third of the city of Joplin in ruins. This will be the Joplin leadership group’s only New England speaking appearance. The session will be open to the media, in addition to other hospitals throughout New England, Boston first responder agencies, and state-wide Emergency Management, EMS, Fire, and Law Enforcement personnel.

WHEN: Friday, April 20, 2012 from 2-3 p.m.

WHERE: Tufts Medical Center Wolff Auditorium 800 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111

WHO: Speakers are scheduled to include:

* Gary Pulsipher, President and CEO, Mercy Hospital Joplin

* Dottie Bringle, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Hospital Joplin

* D. Sean Smith, DO, President of the Division of Emergency Medicine, Mercy Hospital Joplin

* Judy Akins, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Mercy Health System


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