You have seen that headline before during the days when it was referred to as Speck's Folly, but this time the money is there and the medical school is coming to Joplin.
From KODE's report:
The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences' College of Osteopathic Medicine has been granted permission to begin developing a school in Joplin. KCU anticipates 150 students per year passing through the new school. The facility would be a collaborative effort, involving Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin and other local organizations.
Freeman has pledged a multi-million dollar gift to help develop the campus, along with committing to provide residency and training opportunities for students of the Joplin campus. Officials with Mercy have offered to donate the property and buildings that served as the hospital's temporary facility following the May 2011 tornado.