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Furry 5K


Step out with your favorite four-legged friend for Saint Francis Medical Center’s seventh annual Furry 5K on Saturday, June 6. The event gives dog lovers a chance to combine two of their favorite activities — staying fit and spending time with their pets. “You do not ...
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Emergency Surgery


When you are involved in a serious accident or other emergency situation, you need immediate, expert care. At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Emergency and Trauma Center, trauma surgeons are available around-the-clock to perform lifesaving procedures. “Time is of the essence when a person experiences ...
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Ease Your Lower Back Pain


While nearly everyone suffers from occasional lower back pain, some people have problems that continue to resurface. While you may not be able to eliminate the pain altogether, you can decrease it by following these guidelines: Practice safe lifting techniques. Before you lift something, test it to ...
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Foundation Sponsors Valet Parking

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Saint Francis Medical Center has offered valet parking as a free service to its patients and visitors for many years. Now, Saint Francis Foundation has begun sponsoring this service. “Valet parking is an ideal program for the Foundation,” says Jimmy Wilferth, Executive Director of the Foundation. ...
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Stroke Screening


Stroke kills more than 130,000 people each year, and causes long-term disability for many more. Every person should know the signs of stroke and whether he or she might be at risk. Saint Francis is offering a free stroke screening on May 14 from 7-11 am ...
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Joint Replacement Program Worth the Drive


Even before he underwent a hip replacement in December, Tom Rozier knew much more than the average person about joint surgery. Through his job in medical sales, he has worked with physicians in dozens of hospitals across Southeast Missouri. When it came time to plan his ...
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Manage Arthritis in the Morning


If you suffer from rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis, you should start moving as soon as you wake up in the morning. “People with arthritis wake up with stiff joints,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “They will experience flare-ups if they do ...
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Pinched Nerves


A pinched – or compressed – nerve occurs when the nerve is pressed between ligaments, tendons or bones. The most common symptom is pain – in the lower back, neck, elbow, hands, wrists or fingers. Additional signs of a pinched nerve include pain that radiates ...
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Vaccinate Children to Prevent Measles


While the United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, recent cases have brought it into the public limelight again. Most of the recent cases are linked to an outbreak at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif. “Measles is a highly contagious disease,” says ...
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Saint Francis Recognized for Outstanding Patient Experience

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From admission through discharge, the patients of Saint Francis Medical Center rate the facility as one of the best in the nation, according to an organization that provides information about healthcare providers. Healthgrades® recently named Saint Francis as a 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ recipient. There ...
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