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Saint Francis Offers Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

The Cyberknife System The Cancer Institute at Saint Francis offers cutting-edge cancer technology that can kill the disease with minimal side effects. The most recent such treatment is stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a type of radiation therapy that requires just a few, targeted, high-level doses. “Patients who undergo conventional... Read more

Saint Francis Receives Award

Saint Francis Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation for treating patients who have had a heart attack. It received the ACTION Registry – Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015 from the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular... Read more

Saint Francis to Host Pediatric Health Fair

All families and friends are invited to bring their children to the Saint Francis Health System Pediatric Health Fair August 3, 2017. From 4-7:30 pm at the Fitness Plus area (Entrance 8), families are encouraged to come whenever and stay as long as possible. See and learn... Read more

Saint Francis Welcomes First Baby of 2014

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2014. At 1:22 pm on Wednesday, January 1, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud parents Caitlin Cook and Matthew Lincoln of Marble Hill, Mo. The caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff... Read more

Saint Francis Welcomes First Baby Of 2015

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby in 2015. At 3:54 am on Thursday, January 1, 2015, a baby boy was welcomed into the world by proud mother Carolyn Shane of Marble Hill, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff. Kimberly K. Roos,... Read more

Save Time at Saint Francis’ Pharmacies

There is no need to make an extra trip to the pharmacy when seeing a doctor at Saint Francis. The campus has two retail pharmacies that can fill prescriptions in minutes. The Healing Arts Pharmacy is located at Entrance 2 in the Healing Arts Building, and Pharmacy... Read more

Schedule Surgery Close to Home 

When you schedule your surgery at Saint Francis Medical Center, you know you will receive expert care from the top specialists in the region – and you will not have to travel hours for it. “In recent years, patients have been returning home after surgeries much sooner... Read more

Screen for Skin Cancer Before It Kills

Skin cancer is common – and commonly underestimated. If left untreated, the disease can cause disfigurement and even death. “As a dermatologist, a large portion of my practice is devoted to skin cancer recognition, prevention and treatment,” says Charles M. Moon, MD, dermatologist at Saint Francis Medical... Read more

Secondary Drowning

A person can drown even after exiting the water in a rare occurrence called secondary drowning. It is important to know the signs of secondary drowning so you can seek help for someone you love as quickly as possible. “Secondary drowning occurs when fluid builds up in... Read more

Secondhand Smoke Bad for Babies

Pregnant women should not smoke. They also should not expose their developing baby to the smoke of others. The chemicals in secondhand smoke have been linked to an increased risk in low birth weight, stillbirth and other birth defects. The harmful consequences of secondhand smoke continue even... Read more

Seek Treatment Quickly for a Concussion

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs as the result of trauma such as a sports injury, car accident or fall. It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible so you can lessen the long-term effects. "Concussions can affect people in different ways," says... Read more

Seizures and Epilepsy

About one in 100 people in the United States will have a seizure once in their lifetime. If you have had two or more seizures without any apparent cause, talk to your doctor about treatment for epilepsy. "When you have a seizure, you may involuntarily jerk a... Read more

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety often occurs in babies between the ages of 10 and 18 months. These problems most commonly arise when you leave your child with a babysitter or even a family member who does not frequently care for the child. The best way to minimize crying and... Read more

Shaking, Slowness, Stiffness May Be Parkinson’s

It used to be known as “shaking palsy.” Today, the neurological disorder known as Parkinson’s disease causes tremors, slowness and stiffness in 1 million Americans – including actor Michael J. Fox – with more than 50,000 new cases a year. Parkinson’s is a chronic disorder of the... Read more

Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a viral disease that causes a painful skin rash. While the symptoms are extremely unpleasant for anyone who contracts the disease, they are especially severe for older people. That is why people ages 60 and older should receive the shingles vaccine Zostavax. "Studies have shown... Read more

Shoulder Instability Requires Rest and Rehabilitation

Shoulder instability occurs when the ligaments and soft tissue in the shoulder joint and capsule are loose and allow for too much motion. This problem most commonly affects athletes who participate in sports exerting their shoulders and upper arms over their heads. “Instability can happen due to... Read more

Shoulder Overuse May Lead to Rotator Cuff Injury

  A rotator cuff injury may cause a great deal of pain, but there are many ways – both conservative and surgical – your doctor can help you regain the use of your shoulder and arm. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach... Read more

Siblings All Graduated From Level III NICU

After watching all three of her babies struggle in their first weeks of life, Blair Feldner can attest that a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a sick newborn’s best chance at thriving. Blair, who lives in Paducah, Ky., first came to Saint Francis six... Read more

Sign up Kids for Summer Day Camp

Children ages 6 to 12 looking for a summer filled with fun and games, arts and crafts, fitness and special events, the Saint Francis Healthcare System Fitness Plus Summer Day Camp is the program for them. The camp is offered from 8 am to 5 pm, May... Read more


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