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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences will build a second campus in Joplin

Officials broke ground Wednesday for a college of osteopathic medicine in Joplin, Mo. The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is building the school on the site that served as a temporary hospital after the 2011 tornado.
Officials broke ground Wednesday for a college of osteopathic medicine in Joplin, Mo. The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is building the school on the site that served as a temporary hospital after the 2011 tornado.

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.

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC

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