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April 9, 2024

Saint Francis Clinics Achieve Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition

Five Saint Francis Healthcare System primary care clinics have achieved recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home Program: Saint Francis Clinic Farmington, Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff, Saint Francis Clinic Jackson, Saint Francis Clinic Kingshighway and Cape Physician Associates. These...

March 26, 2024

Saint Francis to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting millions of Americans every year. About one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. In conjunction with the American Academy of Dermatology's SPOT me® screening program, Saint Francis Healthcare...

March 6, 2024

Saint Francis Earns Grade “A”

Saint Francis Medical Center earned an "A" Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care. Leapfrog assigns an "A," "B," "C," "D" or "F" grade to general hospitals across the country based on over...

February 27, 2024

Saint Francis to Offer Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening

In the United States, six percent of newly diagnosed cancers involve the head and neck. More than 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers - tonsils, base of tongue, palate - are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and are seen more frequently in younger adults. Early...

February 26, 2024

Saint Francis Foundation Receives RetCam Donation

Thanks to the generosity of local business leaders Mark Rhodes and Scott Rhodes of the Rhodes Foundation, the Level III NICU at Saint Francis Healthcare System obtained a new RetCam. The RetCam delivers ophthalmic visualization and photo documentation needed to diagnose Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)....

February 1, 2024

Saint Francis Foundation Accepting 2024 Healthcare Scholarship Applications

Applications for the 2024 Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program funded by Saint Francis Foundation and Auxiliary are now available. The program awards more than 20 scholarships of up to $2,000 annually to students pursuing a healthcare-related career. The Steven C. Bjelich Executive Scholarship is available for...

January 2, 2024

First Baby of 2024 Born at Saint Francis’s Family BirthPlace

A baby girl who made her debut into the world at 5:18 pm is the first baby of 2024 born at Saint Francis Healthcare System's Family BirthPlace. Proud parents Logan and Brandon Patrick welcomed their third daughter, Adalee Layne Patrick, on January 1. The 6-pound, 11-ounce,...

October 10, 2023

Color Dash 2023 5K and Fun Walk Provides Free Cancer Screenings

The Saint Francis Foundation hosted their fifth annual Color Dash 5K and Fun Walk on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at AC Brase Arena Park. The turnout for the 5K and one-mile fun walk included more than 200 participants and volunteers. More than $31,000 was raised...

August 22, 2023

Asad Successfully Performs First Ion Robotic Bronchoscopy at Saint Francis

In a groundbreaking medical achievement, Saint Francis Healthcare System is proud to announce the successful completion of robotic bronchoscopy utilizing the Ion endoluminal system. The first two procedures were completed on Monday, August 21, by Hussein Asad, MD, interventional pulmonologist at Cape Pulmonology and Sleep...

August 2, 2023

Saint Francis Awards 2023 Healthcare Scholarships to 23 Students

Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary honored 23 scholarship recipients at a recognition luncheon on Friday, July 28. Twenty-three scholarships were awarded with each student receiving $2,000 in scholarship funds toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession. Those recipients and their scholarships include: Klara Beel...

July 13, 2023

Denkler Joins Foundation Board

John Denkler, President and CEO of First State Bancshares and Vice Chairman of First State Community Bank in Farmington, has been named to the Saint Francis Foundation Board of Directors. Denkler, a veteran financial services professional, also serves on the boards of First State Financial Management...

June 9, 2023

Saint Francis Foundation Seeks Partners for Reach Out and Read

Saint Francis Foundation seeks partners for Reach Out and Read, a program that provides free books to pediatric patients at well-child visits. This program gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Saint Francis...

May 23, 2023

Saint Francis Foundation Receives $25,000 from the American Cancer Society

To alleviate the financial burden of cancer treatment, the American Cancer Society (ACS) recently awarded a $25,000 transportation grant to Saint Francis Foundation. The grant will underwrite gas cards and car service rides for eligible patients who face transportation barriers to attend cancer-related appointments. Liz Glastetter,...

May 1, 2023

Saint Francis Foundation Recognizes Dr. Michael and Mrs. Mary Trueblood

Saint Francis Foundation recently recognized Dr. Michael and Mrs. Mary Trueblood with a Healing Hands Lifetime Giving Award in recognition of their long-term support and leadership giving. The award was presented at Grace Notes, an annual donor appreciation dinner hosted by the Foundation. "Their generosity has...

March 31, 2023

MAC Expands Nursing Education to Meet Community Needs

Mineral Area College (MAC) has been approved to expand sophomore-year nursing offerings for Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Advanced Placement ADN students in the Cape Girardeau and Perry County areas. At their March meeting, the Missouri Board of Nursing approved MAC's request to add 30...

January 26, 2023

Mirza Joins Cape Cardiology Group

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Rubina A. Mirza, MD, has joined Cape Cardiology Group, a Saint Francis Medical Partner, as an interventional cardiologist. Mirza will primarily see patients at Saint Francis Clinic Dexter and Piedmont Physician Associates. Mirza earned her medical education from...