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Kiamichi Family Medical Center was destroyed by a tornado on Nov. 7, 2022. (Courtesy Photo)

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“On November 4, an EF3 tornado tore through the rural community in southeast Oklahoma, demolishing dozens of buildings in its path, including the health center,” wrote Olivia Lewis, writer for Direct Relief. “Winds up to 165 miles per hour left behind broken glass, insulation materials, and pieces of the roof cluttering the health center’s floors. Soaking wet medical supplies were strewn about and walls separating exam rooms had fallen over.”

Despite this tragic event, the Kiamichi Family Medical Center is now working to set up a temporary site following the destruction of it’s original location.