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In this May 23, 2011 photo, vehicles and other debris lie near the damaged St. John’s Regional Medical Center hospital in Joplin, Mo., a day after a powerful tornado destroyed much of the city. The hospital had always been there for the victims of calamity. But it had never been a victim, itself. Then on May 22, 2011, one of America’s worst tornadoes in half a century took dead aim at St. John’s Regional Medical Center. Their building would crumble around them, but their hospital would survive. That was never in doubt. )

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