A new college of osteopathic medicine will rise in Joplin, Mo., on the site of a temporary hospital that served the community after the deadly and destructive tornado of 2011.
Officials had a ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday.
The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is building its second college in a collaboration with Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the city of Joplin and private contributors.
The KCU-Joplin campus will be on the site of the former Mercy Hospital Joplin, a temporary structure built in 2012 after the destruction of St. John’s Hospital in the tornado.
KCU announced in February that it was nearing its goal of $40 million in donations for the new campus. The nonprofit foundation Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance was close to its $30 million goal. The donation of land and the former hospital building from Mercy Hospital Joplin was valued at $9.5 million.
KCU said it will be the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years.