Health Articles

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

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

Nurse Practitioners Equal Another Primary Care Option

Nurse practitioners are nurses who have undergone advanced training and are able to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, order lab work and imaging tests, and write prescriptions.  They can manage many health conditions, teach health promotion and help patients with disease prevention. “Saint Francis Healthcare System... Read more

Nurses Team Up to Help Patients Stay Well

The last thing any person wants after returning home from the hospital is to be readmitted. Saint Francis is beginning a new nursing model that aims to provide more targeted care to reduce the number of readmissions. Under this model, called Practice Partners, registered nurses (RNs) and... Read more

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when your throat muscles periodically relax and block your airway, causing you to stop and start breathing while sleeping. “If you snore frequently and find you are tired throughout the day, talk to your... Read more

Palliative Care Improves Life

Saint Francis Healthcare System offers a Palliative Care Program for inpatients who have a chronic or life-limiting illness. The team includes a medical director, nurse practitioner, nurse and a social worker who help patients and their families with determination of care goals, management of symptoms associated... Read more

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 to... Read more

Physical Therapy Gives Woman Shoulder Stability

Five years ago, Caitlin Simmons of Cape Girardeau was sparring with a partner during a martial arts workout when she heard her shoulder pop and her arm went numb. After seeing a doctor, she found out her collar- bone had separated from her shoulder blade. Simmons, now... Read more

Pink Pals Support Pink Up

Saint Francis Foundation’s annual Pink Up™ campaign brings together the business and educational communities in support of breast cancer awareness at a spectacular level. An initiative this grand in scope comes with its share of manpower challenges, and the Pink Pals are helping meet those needs. “Pink... Read more

Post-Concussion Syndrome Can Last for Months 

The effects of a concussion sometimes can last for months after the original injury. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headaches, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, decreased concentration and fogginess. “Post-concussion syndrome is not dependent on the severity of the injury,” says Heidi J. Hunter, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation... Read more

Prepare for Your Surgery

Surgery is never stress-free. But if you know what to expect and are prepared for your procedure, you can make it as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. “Make sure you understand exactly what the surgery involves,” says William Ray Silliman, MD, FACS, general... Read more

Prevent Head Lice

Your child may catch more than a cold at school. Cooler weather is the perfect breeding ground for head lice, which can travel from person to person through head-to-head contact, hats or coats. If you catch head lice, it does not mean you have poor hygiene. It... Read more

Prevent Wound Infections

The best way to prevent infection following a surgery is to stay as clean as possible when caring for the wound. “The most important part of wound care is hand washing,” says Jonathon K. Foley, MD, FACS, general surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It is so... Read more

Primary Care Close to Home

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

Proper Form Helps the Body Maximize Movement

"Hold your form!" That sentence is one of the most common commands used by coaches and trainers as they exhort their athletes to push beyond their comfort zones. Aside from the obvious benefit of avoiding wasted motion, using proper form when exercising holds additional advantages. “The most important... Read more

Prostate Cancer: To Screen or Not to Screen

More than 230,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; that is about one in six men. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Screening for prostate cancer includes a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test... Read more

Protect Your Head, Protect Your Brain

Injure your head, injure your brain? “The majority of neurological trauma is caused by head-related injuries,” says Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “The most common cause of head trauma is falls, especially in the elderly population. Other causes are motor-vehicle accidents,... Read more

Psoriasis Sufferers Should See a Dermatologist

Psoriasis is a problem that millions of people try to cover up. This fairly common skin condition ranges in severity from dandruff-like scaling to widespread lesions and rashes. Psoriatric arthritis, which affects the joints, is especially painful. “Psoriasis most often appears as dry, raised, red patches of... Read more

Quicker Recovery for Knee Replacement

Brian Schafer, MD,  orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare System has been using a new technique in knee surgery, a tourniquet-less knee replacement to minimize pain and quicken recovery time. “Traditionally, we use a tourniquet during knee replacement surgery to stop blood flow to the... Read more


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