Southeast Missouri’s Only Level III Trauma Center
Saint Francis Medical Center’s Emergency and Trauma Center is the only state-designated Level III Emergency and Trauma Center in southeast Missouri, and we care for approximately 43,500 patients annually. The Center is formally named the Gene E. Huckstep Emergency/Trauma Center in recognition of a long term Board of Directors Chairman.
To earn a Level III Trauma Center designation, Saint Francis passed a rigorous comprehensive quality assessment and demonstrated the ability to provide:
- 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians
- Prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists
- Transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center
- Continuing education for trauma center nurses and personnel
Our recently renovated emergency and trauma center is a state-of-the-art facility with 32 patient rooms, including:
- 26 private treatment rooms with direct access to bathrooms
- 3 trauma rooms
- 2 triage rooms
- 1 special procedures room
- Specially designated children’s exam areas and equipment specifically tailored to treat children of all ages
- Senior-friendly accommodations such as, thicker mattresses, higher chairs, large-print forms, guardrails and nonskid flooring to enhance comfort and encourage a speedy return to the highest quality of life
To see an overview of what happens during a visit to the Emergency and Trauma Center at Saint Francis, click here.
Largest Team of Emergency Physicians
With 14 hospital-based emergency services physicians and trauma surgeons, our Level III Emergency and Trauma Center has the largest emergency medical services team in southeast Missouri. Our highly experienced nursing staff is specially trained in advanced cardiac life support, trauma and pediatrics in order to support Saint Francis’ physicians around the clock.
Our Level III Trauma Center provides critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Saint Francis trauma surgeons provide treatment for life-threatening injuries sustained from falls and motor vehicle accidents. They lead the team that evaluates, resuscitates, stabilizes, and operates on these patients while working closely with the team of emergency physicians.
Common Illnesses and Injuries Treated by Saint Francis Emergency Services Physicians:
- Abdominal pain
- Acute upper respiratory infections
- Allergic drug reaction
- Back pain
- Breathing difficulty
- Broken bones
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Gaping wounds
- Heart attacks and chest pain
- High fever
- Human and some animal bites
- Severe cuts
- Sudden severe pain and swelling in a joint
- Surgery complication
- Swallowing poison
Emergency Air Transportation Services
When time is of the essence, Saint Francis Medical Center has immediate access to regional aeromedical services that respond to life-threatening injuries and medical conditions. Area Rescue Consortium of Hospitals (ARCH) Air Medical Services and Air Evac Lifeteam provides emergency air transportation throughout our southeast Missouri and surrounding states. Aircrafts land on one of two heliports at our Level III Trauma Center.
ThinkFirst: Avoiding Serious Head & Spinal Injuries
Each year, there are over 2 million emergency room visits associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury. Nearly 25 percent of these visits consist of children between the ages of 0 and 14. Saint Francis Medical Center sponsors ThinkFirst, an education program dedicated to preventing these injuries among teens. ThinkFirst is a fast-paced seminar presented to small and large student-body audiences at junior highs and high schools throughout southeast Missouri.
Schools interested in a ThinkFirst presentation should call Robert Grayhek, Saint Francis’ trauma services manager, at 573-331-5236 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urgent care physicians treat a host of non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that need immediate attention. Physicians routinely care for patients with the conditions listed below, as well as numerous other medical needs commonly treated by primary care physicians:
- Ear infections
- Sore or strep throat
- Colds or flu
- Upset stomach
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Cuts or lacerations
- Hives or rashes
- Bruises or sprains
Saint Francis Medical Center offers easily accessible walk-in urgent care facilities, open with extended hours during the week and on weekends. Appointments are never needed.
Southeast Missouri’s first walk-in facility, Convenient Care, is located within the Emergency and Trauma Center. Convenient Care is open 9 am-9 pm, seven days a week to treat minor illnesses and injuries with no appointment necessary. Approximately one-quarter of all emergency patients are treated in Convenient Care and the average patient leaves the Medical Center in less than one hour.
Immediate Convenient Care
At three convenient locations – Cape Girardeau, Jackon and Poplar Bluff – Saint Francis’ Immediate Convenient Care facilities provide the highest quality urgent care to area patients. So find your location, and walk right in!
Immediate Convenient Care offers complete family medical care and occupational services, including:
- Diagnostic services: lab, X-ray and EKG
- Occupational medicine services: DOT physicals, urine drug screen, breath alcohol testing, pulmonary function testing and treatment of employee injury
Saint Francis partners with Doctors Express to provide more extensive coverage in Cape Girardeau. Doctors express treats everything from cuts, bruises and fractures to the common cold. They provide on-site lab tests, X-rays, and prescriptions.
465 S. Mount Auburn Road Suite 103
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
Hours: Monday–Sunday, 8 am–8 pm