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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

Benard Joins Cape Physician Associates

Julie A. Benard, MD, FAAP, DABOM Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Julie Benard, MD, FAAP, DABOM, to Cape Physician Associates. Benard earned her medical education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, and completed her residency at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in the Department of Child... Read more

Hotop and Poyner Join Saint Francis Board

Jeff Hotop and Danielle Poyner Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome two new board members to the Health Development Services Board – Jeff Hotop and Danielle Poyner. Hotop serves as Community Bank President of Cape Girardeau and Scott City for The Bank of Missouri. His expertise in finances, business management... Read more

Saint Francis Welcomes Swan to Board

Kathy Swan Saint Francis Healthcare System is proud to welcome Kathy Swan to the Healthcare System Board. Swan joins the Board following her tenure as a Missouri State Representative. Swan brings extensive healthcare expertise to the Board, having worked at Saint Francis Medical Center in various nursing roles. Her... Read more

Himmelberg Joins Healthcare System Board

Mike Himmelberg Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Mike Himmelberg to the Healthcare System Board. Himmelberg is a long-standing member of the Health Development Services Board, where he will continue to serve. A prominent business owner, Himmelberg is Vice President of Auto Tire and Parts Company, Inc.... Read more

Karalunas-Fisher Joins Cape Cardiology Group

Karen Karalunas-Fisher, RN, FNP-BC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Karen Karalunas-Fisher, RN, FNP-BC, to Cape Cardiology Group. Karalunas-Fisher received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, as well as her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from the Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health in Saint... Read more

Baker Joins Cape Physician Associates

Lisa M. Baker, FNP-C Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Lisa Baker, FNP-C, to Cape Physician Associates. Baker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2007 and her Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Saint Louis University in 2012.... Read more

Saint Francis to Raise Minimum Hourly Pay to $15 per Hour

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce it will raise its minimum living wage to $15 per hour, effective October 24. More than 600 Saint Francis colleagues, or 22 percent of the workforce, will receive a pay increase. Dr. Maryann Reese, president and chief executive officer of... Read more

Schroeder Accepts Compensation and Benefits Manager Role

Amy Schroeder, PHR, SHRM-CP Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Amy Schroeder, PHR, SHRM-CP, has accepted the position of Compensation and Benefits Manager in the Human Resources department at Saint Francis. Schroeder earned her Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Mineral Area College, followed by her Bachelor... Read more

Leimbach to Take on New Role at Cape Neonatology Specialists

Carrie F. Leimbach, NNP-BC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to recognize Carrie F. Leimbach, RN, NNP-BC, in her new role at Cape Neonatology Specialists as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP). Leimbach began her career at Saint Francis in 2015 as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit... Read more

Wilson Joins Saint Francis as Director of Talent Acquisition

Jill Wilson, PHR, RACR Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes Jill Wilson, PHR, RACR, as Director of Talent Acquisition. Wilson graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a specialization in Human Resources Management. Wilson has nearly ten years of human resources experience, six specifically... Read more


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