Finding Healthcare Post Disaster

As many of you know that St. John’s Hospital was destroyed during the 22 of May tornado.

Mercy Cross

Mercy Cross (Photo credit: Mercy Health)

This includes up to 32 dentist offices and the whole St. John’s doctor offices (now some just barely missed it by the skin of their teeth. Many of these offices were of doctors who were retiring. So many had to leave or find other healthcare providers.

St. John’s had a monumental task ahead of them. They had to deal with the doctors and to get them reestablished as soon as possible. So much to do and in such little time. Many times things are pretty chaotic in a hospital but let us add an EF5 Tornado destruction to the mix.

Somethings were easy to do, but not everything. St. John’s changed over to the Mercy Systems and names, but still craziness.

This is still an aspect that is being worked to this day. In fact there is a new hospital being erected as I type this. This is going to be nice. A new facility and new offices.

Yet with this all be written and said. There is one thing that truly remains.

God is the ultimate healer and conqueror in our illness. We who are His children, are covered by his blood. We have the right to cling to him and cling to what he can do for us.

God Revealed through Healing Signs

God Revealed through Healing Signs (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

New King James Version (NKJV)

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

Jesus was sent to save those who needed a doctor but not the righteous men of the day (pharisees, teachers of the law, and Sadducee). They already knew who was there to save them but truly didn’t know that God had sent his son, and he was there in front of there faces.

New International Version (NIV)

31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Remember we are sinners, and we are to repent. Some of us may have the self-righteous, like a teacher of the law of that day, but he truly came to be the doctor to the sinners, and to save them.

Just as many nurses that day in St. John’s were nursing patients and everything. They saved many, risked their lives, to save many. Jesus did the same for us.

So when you are struggling to find the right healthcare provider for your family remember there is someone who is struggling much more than what you are struggling. They have to find their doctors new office (and i know many have thus done this here in Joplin, but Moore Ok is just beginning). Remember there are survivors trying to do the best for their families and trying to find their health care providers admist the recent disaster.

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