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Level III NICU Wins Excellence Award

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has received a prestigious award for its efforts to reduce a debilitating condition in premature babies. The Missouri Hospital Association is awarding Saint Francis the Aim for Excellence Award, a new award recognizing Missouri hospitals’ ...
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Breast-feed Babies in NICU

When babies are born before 36 weeks’ gestation, they are often unable to begin oral feeding because their brain is not yet mature enough to initiate the suck-swallow-breathe response. However, the staff at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) strives ...
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In the Pool with Arthritis 

If you suffer from arthritis, Arthritis Aquatics classes at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus may be the perfect way for you to find relief from your pain. “The water’s buoyancy takes pressure off your joints,” says Sandy Duncan, MSA, ACSM, EP-C, manager for Health and ...
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Weight Loss Solutions Introduces New ORBERA™ Balloon System

Have you been considering weight-loss surgery, but are too afraid to take the next step? If so, the ORBERA balloon, now offered at Saint Francis, may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. With it, patients normally lose three times the weight they would with ...
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Zika Virus Brings Concerns

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 ...
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Healthy Life Slows Diabetes

If you lose weight and start a regular exercise routine, you may be able to reverse your Type 2 diabetes, or at least reduce the number of medications you take. Studies have shown that some people who have lost a significant amount of weight and exercised ...
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Building on Excellence Hits Completion

After almost five years of designing, praying and building, Saint Francis Healthcare System has completed Building on Excellence. The final phases were finished when Cape Care for Women and Cape Maternal & Fetal Medicine opened new locations at the Women and Children’s Pavilion in September. And, ...
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PET Searches for Cancer

Saint Francis Healthcare System has a special tool that can detect whether cancer has spread to the bone. The positive emission tomography (PET) F-18 bone survey uses radioactive fluorine to identify areas of cancer in the bone. “For many years, we have been using PET scans ...
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Keep Kids Active

Adults are not the only ones who can get a workout at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus. The facility has several options for children who want to exercise. Fit Kids is a program for children ages 6 to 12 that includes age-appropriate fitness exercises and ...
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Colon Polypectomies Prevent Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, death rates due to colon cancer have declined steadily over the past two decades. The main reason for this is because colonoscopies and colon polypectomies have become much more common. A colonoscopy is a colorectal cancer screening test during which ...
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