Opening of nursing home part of Joplin recovery

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Joplin officials are celebrating the opening of an $8.5 million nursing home as another sign the city is recovering from the devastating May 2011 tornado.

The Communities at Wildwood Ranch opened Monday. It will eventually house 120 residents.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1gyjW2J ) the 2011 tornado destroyed 300 nursing home beds in the city. Sixteen of the 161 people who died were residents and an employee of the Greenbriar nursing home.

Administrator Tracy Rowe says the new nursing home does not have a basement. But areas inside the building have been designed to be used as storm shelters.

Rowe says the home will eventually employ 100 to 120 people.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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