Health Articles

New Bariatric Surgeon Joins Weight Loss Solutions

Saint Francis Medical Center now has two surgeons available to perform weight-loss surgery. Carson C. Cunningham, MD, bariatric and general surgeon, Saint Francis Medical Partner, has joined fellow bariatric and general surgeon Ryan A. LeGrand, MD, at Weight Loss Solutions. Cunningham earned his medical degree from Louisiana... Read more

New Joint Recipients Dance the Night Away

“Graduates” of Saint Francis Medical Center’s Center for Joint Replacement & Revision had the opportunity to dance the night away at “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the Center’s annual celebration, on June 7. More than 200 attendees enjoyed dancing, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and portrait photography at... Read more

New Level III NICU Will Open in December

Those workers you have been noticing at Saint Francis Medical Center are setting the stage for the next generation of patient care. Saint Francis’ Building on Excellence expansion and renovation project is well underway, and parts of the project are set to be completed by the... Read more

New Methods to Treat Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO)

Chronic total occlusion (CTO) is a type of coronary artery blockage that has been present for three months or more. CTOs are difficult to treat and can cause severe chest pain and cardiomyopathy. Cardiologists at Saint Francis Healthcare System now have state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise to... Read more

New NICU Cameras

Parents of sick babies now are able to view their little ones even when they are away. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has five cameras that can be set up in infants’ rooms and connected to a secure Web address. “Many of... Read more

New Online Interpreter System Improves Care

Foreign language speaking patients now have an easier way to communicate with doctors and other caregivers at Saint Francis Medical Center. With Saint Francis’ new online, on-demand video interpreter system, patients no longer have to wait for an interpreter to arrive at the hospital or doctor’s... Read more

New Options Treat Cancer 

People who fall victim of cancer have many more options for treatment, thanks to advances in immunotherapy and targeted therapies. Immunotherapy consists of treatments that stimulate the immune response to fight cancer. “Previously, there were no good treatments for melanoma,” says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist/hematologist, Saint... Read more

New Patient Mobility Program

Saint Francis Medical Center has started a new program that ensures patients are up and moving earlier in order to prevent complications, including blood clots, pneumonia, skin breakdown, debility and delirium. Called MOVE (Mobility Order Verified Every shift), it requires that nursing assistants evaluate a patient's... Read more

New Patient Tower to Open in July

This July, residents of the Cape Girardeau region will finally see what all the excitement is about. Saint Francis Medical Center’s new, five-story patient Tower will be open and ready for its first occupants at the beginning of the month. The patient Tower with dedicated areas for... Read more

New Primary Care Physician

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

New Tool Increases Safety During GI Procedures

In medicine, precision and accuracy are the keys to a successful outcome. Gastroenterologists at Saint Francis Medical Center are using a new tool called the ENDO CUT® I that increases safety and decreases recovery time by making a precise, individualized cut. Doctors use the tool during endoscopic... Read more

New Treatment for Fecal Incontinence

It is not a topic many people want to talk about, but fecal incontinence is a problem that affects millions of people – and it is a problem doctors can solve. Fecal incontinence is the involuntary leakage of feces from the rectum. Some people only experience occasional... Read more

New Treatments Help More Patients Survive Cancer

 In recent years, researchers have developed new treatments that have significantly expanded the options for patients battling cancer. “When I trained as a physician, our main methods of treatment were surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy,” says Carlos Robles, MD, medical oncologist/hematologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Now,... Read more

NICU Follow-up Clinic

Hundreds of babies will benefit from Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Follow-up Clinic, thanks to funds from Saint Francis Foundation. The Follow-up Clinic follows NICU graduates at risk for developmental issues following their discharge from the NICU. The unit has... Read more

NICU Grads Play a Special Role in LEVEL III NICU Opening

Critically ill newborns will receive the care they need and family members will have access to a home-like environment in Saint Francis Medical Center’s new Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Level III NICU moved to its new location in the Medical Center on December 10.... Read more

NICU Saves Babies’ Lives

Some parents know before birth that their baby will need extra help in its first few weeks of life. But other times, complications can arise unexpectedly. Birth depression occurs when a baby does not receive enough oxygen and blood during delivery, and it can happen due... Read more

No Screen Time Before Bed

You might think watching a TV show or spending some time on the Internet will relax you before you sleep. But researchers have found the opposite to be true: The light from a tablet device, phone or TV stimulates brain activity, delaying the release of the... Read more

No UV Tanning Is Safe for Your Skin

Working on your tan? Be careful. Any amount of ultraviolet (UV) tanning – indoors or outdoors – can cause cancer and other skin problems later in life. Charles (Chuck) M. Moon, MD “The first danger with tanning is increased risk of skin cancer, which can metastasize and be... Read more

Nosebleeds: When to Seek Help

Nosebleeds are most common among children ages 2 to 10 and adults ages 50 to 80. Most are not serious, but if you have been experiencing repeated nosebleeds – or additional bleeding in other parts of your body, such as in your stool or urine –... Read more

Note Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Five percent of those people begin to experience symptoms in their 40s and 50s. “Memory loss is one of the most commonly understood symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Sarah A.... Read more


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