In 2011, a mile-wide, EF5-rated tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., tearing straight through what was then known as St. Johns Regional Medical Center.The hit to the hospital was catastrophic, causing several deaths and damaging the building to the point that it was declared a total loss. The organization couldnt preserve any of its IT equipment, which had been battered with windblown debris, soaked in water and trapped inside the structurally compromised facility. And yet, the hospital suffered no data loss as a result of the twister.It was a horrible event, but from an IT perspective, the timing was fortuitous in that the hospital had just completed the migration to our data center, says Scott Richert, vice president for enterprise infrastructure at Mercy Technology Services, which provides centralized IT for more than 40 Mercy hospitals across the Midwest, as well as commercial hospital customers.The hospital, which was rebuilt and opened in 2015 as Mercy Hospital Joplin, had joined the Mercy system only a couple of years before the tornado struck. Mercy had already replaced the hospitals network and centralized its IT infrastructure before the event. But prior to joining Mercy, the hospitals IT systems werent prepared to weather a major disaster.

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