When you’re experiencing a life-threatening condition, such as chest pains, a head injury or severe bleeding, the Emergency Department at Saint Francis Medical Center is your best option for medical care. However, if your situation is non-life-threating, such as a sprained ankle or a sore throat,... Read more
Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection that can be fatal if not treated right away. Those who are at highest risk for this infection include babies; people who spend a large amount of time in community settings, such as college students; or people who have traveled... Read more
A primary care physician should be a patient’s first source for diagnoses, prescriptions and lifelong medical guidance. “Saint Francis Healthcare System has partnered with primary care providers across southeastern Missouri to ensure patients have access to quality healthcare close to home,” explains Erica E. Gibson, MD,... Read more
Zika virus disease is an illness spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. It causes fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. There are some reports associating Zika virus infection in pregnant woman, with a birth defect called microcephaly.
The World Health Organization has declared... Read more
Adults need vaccinations just as much as children. While you receive the majority of your vaccinations in childhood, the following are shots you may receive as an adult:
Flu: “We recommend an annual flu shot for everyone, but particularly for adults older than 50, those with heart... Read more
Pediatric ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses. However, when your child experiences four or more infections in a year, it is time to see an otolaryngologist.
“In most cases, ear infections are relatively benign,” says Marc A. Sachs, MD, otolaryngologist, Saint Francis Medical... Read more
Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic problem: Many people who experience unsightly veins also suffer from accompanying symptoms that include late-night leg cramps, swelling and tired, heavy legs.
When your varicose veins are affecting your daily life, your health insurance likely will cover treatment. There are... Read more
Establishing a relationship with a primary care physician is essential, says Laura E. Glueck, DO, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner. Glueck sees patients at Jackson Family Care.
“A primary care physician will help keep you up to date on all the screenings you need, such... Read more
When choosing a healthcare provider, people want a primary care physician who is close to home and knows their family well. That is why Saint Francis Medical Center is committed to building a network of primary care clinics throughout the region.
Saint Francis Medical Partners has established... Read more
A fever is usually a sign that something is wrong with your child. But whether your child needs to see a doctor depends on his or her age:
0-3 months – “You should always take a newborn’s temperature rectally,” says Andrew T. Sledd, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at... Read more