(Editor's Note: To read the mainbar story on Joplin's data maintenance and recovery efforts, click here.)

When so little was going Joplin's way during the May 22 tornado that destroyed parts of the city, planning and a bit of good timing spared St. John's hospital from what might have been additional tragedy. In April, the Sisters of Mercy Health System, which includes St. John's Regional Medical Center destroyed in the storm, opened a state-of-the-art data center for mission critical applications and clinical data for its 28 acute care hospitals across a four-state region.

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