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News Articles

Saint Francis Healthcare System Now Offering Virtual Visits

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Saint Francis Healthcare System is implementing new and exciting ways to continue providing the quality care you know and trust. Patients can now request a virtual visit with their primary and specialty care provider at any Saint Francis Medical Partner... Read more

Coronavirus Test Collection Center Opens Tuesday

The community-wide Coronavirus Test Collection Center begins operations Tuesday, March 24 at 8 am at Arena Park in Cape Girardeau. This is a joint endeavor between SoutheastHEALTH, Saint Francis Healthcare System, Cape Girardeau County Public Health and City of Cape Girardeau. "We are pleased to begin operations... Read more

Saint Francis Takes COVID-19 Precautions

Coronavirus under a microscope Saint Francis Healthcare System is taking the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic very seriously. We are monitoring the situation continuously and following the guidance and direction of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are taking the proper precautions as recommended by the CDC. If you are exhibiting... Read more

Hurt Joins Cape ENT Group

Linda M. Hurt, AuD Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes Linda M. Hurt, AuD, to Cape ENT Group. Hurt earned her medical education from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Mesa, Ariz. in 2005. She earned her Master of Science in Audiology from Southeast Missouri State University in 1983. She is... Read more

Saint Francis Healthcare System No Longer In-Network with UnitedHealthcare

As of midnight Wednesday, March 4, the current contract between Saint Francis Healthcare System and UnitedHealthcare expired with no new agreement in place. Beginning today, Thursday, March 5, Saint Francis facilities are no longer in-network with United. For now, all Saint Francis physicians remain in-network. Patients should continue... Read more

Peterson Joins Poplar Bluff Neurology Specialists

Patricia A. Peterson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes Patricia A. Peterson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, to Poplar Bluff Neurology Specialists. Peterson received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. in 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Central Methodist University in Park... Read more

Saint Francis Medical Center Earns High-Quality Ranking

In January 2020, Saint Francis Medical Center received a four-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare methodology calculates a star rating in order to easily compare overall hospital quality. Ranging from one to five... Read more

Dyer Joins Immediate Convenient Care

Damian R. Dyer, MD, MPH Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes Occupational Medicine Physician Damian R. Dyer, MD, MPH, to the Occupational Medicine Clinic at Immediate Convenient Care in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Dr. Dyer is a Medical Review Officer (MRO) and Department of Transportation (DOT) Certified Medical Examiner. He offers initial evaluation, treatment... Read more

Saint Francis Healthcare System Submits Counterproposal to United

Saint Francis Healthcare System continues to work with UnitedHealthcare in good faith negotiations. On Friday, January 31, Saint Francis met the negotiation deadline and sent a counterproposal to United. United will have three weeks to respond according to our agreement. Saint Francis is committed to pursuing an... Read more

Martin Joins Kneibert Clinic

Chris Martin, LCSW Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Christopher Martin has joined Kneibert Clinic in Poplar Bluff as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has seven years of experience working with youth at community mental health facilities and working with youth and families at Missouri Department... Read more

Michael Shipman Promoted to Pharmacy Manager

Michael Shipman, PharmD, BCPS Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Michael Shipman, PharmD, BCPS, has been promoted to Pharmacy Manager. Shipman began his career at Saint Francis in June 2006 as a pharmacist. He earned his PharmD from the University of Tennessee – Memphis and his Bachelor of... Read more

Justin Davison Joins Saint Francis as New Chief Financial Officer

Justin Davison, MBA Saint Francis Healthcare System is proud to announce the appointment of Justin Davison as Chief Financial Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. Former CFO David Prather retired in December after 24 years at Saint Francis. Davison will oversee the Healthcare System's overall financial plans and policies and... Read more

Bauman Named Director of Human Resources

Diane Bauman Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Diane Bauman has been named Director of Human Resources. In her new role, Bauman's responsibilities include employee relations, compliance with state and federal regulations, compensation, benefits, performance management, recruitment and retention for the Healthcare System in accordance... Read more


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