Friday, January 20, 2012

CoxHealth responds to fire at Missouri Hotel

Updated 5 p.m., Jan. 23:

Our efforts to temporarily house Missouri Hotel residents at Cox North continue to go smoothly. 

Staff from multiple departments including EVS, Security, Engineering and Volunteers continue working hard to ensure we have no significant challenges.Busses from Springfield Public Schools picked up the children staying at Cox North this morning and transported them to school. 

Eighty-one displaced residents from the Missouri Hotel are now settled into 23 rooms on L200, L300 and L400 at Cox North. CoxHealth staff have been working hard since Incident Command was activated at 11 a.m. Friday morning to help ensure a smooth transition to temporary housing for these families.
Staff from the Missouri Hotel and local Red Cross chapter are also at Cox North tonight and will be on-site for the duration of this event. The CERT team and Greene County OEM are at Cox North as well, helping to manage the situation. 
The latest reports state that the Missouri Hotel is expected to reopen at the end of next week. In the meantime, we have established a phone line, 269-2690, that members of the community can call if they need to reach a Missouri Hotel resident staying at Cox North. A staff member will take a message that will be posted on a message board for the residents. A public phone to make local calls is available for the residents' use. 
Missouri Hotel residents will take their meals, provided by the Red Cross, in the old Emerald Garden Café area. In the near future, food support will transition from the Red cross to Franciscan Villa. 
Rehabilitation of the Missouri Hotel is under way and going well. The staff anticipate some rooms will be available by mid-week and are anticipating return of the Cox residents within the week. 
The situation continues to evolve and we will share more details as they become available.
How to help
The Kitchen, which operates the Missouri Hotel, is asking for cash donations or gift cards to help residents with immediate needs and with repairs. Formula and diapers top the list of immediate needs.
Those wishing to donate can call The Kitchen at 837-1500 or donate online at