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Hale Accepts Hospice Patient Care Manager Role

Melissa Hale, MSW, LCSW Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Melissa Hale, MSW, LCSW, has accepted the position of Hospice Patient Care Manager with Saint Francis Healthcare System. Hale received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University followed by her Master of Social Work... Read more

Miller Joins Cape Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

James E. Miller, MD, FACS, FACC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome James E. Miller, MD, FACS, FACC, to Cape Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Miller is an experienced cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in cardiovascular surgery, who joins Saint Francis from Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, Kansas where he was as the Surgeon-in-Chief... Read more

Crites Joins Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff

Vivian J. Crites, FNP-C Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Vivian J. Crites, FNP-C, has joined Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff as a nurse practitioner. Crites received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Ark., followed by her Master of Science in... Read more

Rippon Accepts Intensivist Role

Jennifer L. Rippon, DO Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Jennifer L. Rippon, DO, has accepted an intensivist role at Saint Francis Medical Center. Rippon earned her medical education from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa., followed by her residency in internal medicine at David Grant... Read more

Newcomer Named Vice President – Regional Operations

Lisa Newcomer, RRT, MBA, FACHE Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Lisa Newcomer, RRT, MBA, FACHE, has been named Vice President – Regional Operations, effective January 2, 2022. In the newly created role, Newcomer is responsible for regional support services for the Healthcare System, as well as Home Health and... Read more

Batchelor Joins Saint Francis as Director of Cardiovascular Services

Peter Batchelor, MBA Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Peter Batchelor, MBA, as Director of Cardiovascular Services, effective November 2021. Batchelor received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Phoenix. Batchelor joins Saint Francis from Saint... Read more

Featherston Joins Immediate Convenient Care

Amy L. Featherston, APRN, FNP-C Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Amy Featherston, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, to Immediate Convenient Care, located at 1702 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Featherston earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University and her Master of Nursing degree from Maryville... Read more

Taylor Accepts Social Work Position at Kneibert Clinic

Melinda G. Taylor, MSW, LCSW Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Melinda Taylor, MSW, LCSW, has accepted a position as a licensed clinical social worker at Kneibert Clinic, a Saint Francis Medical Partner. Taylor served in the United States Navy from May 1992 until her honorable discharge in December 1997.... Read more

Saint Francis Wins 16 Marketing Awards

Saint Francis Healthcare System won 16 Show-Me-Excellence Awards for excellent healthcare marketing from the Missouri Association for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (MAHPRM). The annual awards recognize high achievement and superb quality in advertising, marketing and public relations projects produced by hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the... Read more

Johnson Promoted to Facilities Manager at Saint Francis

Christopher Johnson Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Christopher Johnson was promoted to Facilities Manager, effective September 1. Johnson has worked in Facilities Maintenance at Saint Francis since 1980. For the past seven years, Johnson worked as a direct report to the Director of Facilities, where he... Read more

Ditto Joins Immediate Convenient Care – Cape Girardeau

Larina J. Ditto, LCSW Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Larina (Jody) Ditto, MSW, LCSW, to Immediate Convenient Care located at 1702 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau. Ditto earned her Bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University and her Master of Social Work degree from St. Louis University. Ditto specializes... Read more

Fadul Joins Saint Francis

Fadulelmola M. Fadul, MD Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Fadulelmola Fadul, MD, to Cape Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, a Saint Francis Medical Partner. Fadul earned his medical education from the University of Khartoum in Khartoum, Sudan. He completed his residency at University of Chicago Medicine followed by his... Read more

Griffin Accepts Hospitalist Role at Saint Francis

Mary Grace Griffin, DO Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Mary Grace Griffin, DO, has accepted a position as a hospitalist at Saint Francis Medical Center. Griffin earned her medical education at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Miss. in 2015. She completed her residency at... Read more


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