A hospital that became a symbol of the devastation caused by a deadly tornado in Joplin, Missouri last May had both a demolition and a groundbreaking on Sunday, marking a new milestone in the town's rebuilding efforts.

Darrin Wright of FOX News Radio affiliate KZRG reports from Joplin:

A Joplin hospital that became a landmark and lasting image of the May 22nd tornado will start coming down Sunday.  Demolition on Mercy-St. John's Hospital will begin with a ceremony open to the public that will include a retrospective on the building, plus a celebration of plans for its replacement, which will  see a groundbreaking of it's own two hours later.

Of the 161 people killed in the storm, six of them died at the hospital - five were patients, one was a visitor.

In Joplin, Missouri, Darrin Wright, FOX News Radio.