Saint Francis Updates

Beware of Genetic Testing Scammers

Beware of scammers targeting Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries offering genetic testing. These scammers obtain Medicare or Medicaid numbers from victims for fraudulent purposes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an alert about scammers offering cheek swabs for genetic... Read more

Family Nurse Practitioner Shirk joins Saint Francis Hospitalists

Christina L. Shirk, FNP-BC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner Christina L. Shirk, FNP-BC has joined Saint Francis Hospitalists. Shirk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Roseman University in Henderson, Nev. in 2011. She graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Maryville... Read more

Certified Nurse Midwife Haynes joins Cape Care for Women

Elaura M. Haynes, MSN, RN, CNM Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Elaura M. Haynes, MSN, RN, CNM to Cape Care for Women. Haynes received her board certification from American Midwifery Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. in 2011.... Read more

Small Joins Cape ENT Group

Luke T. Small, MD Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes Luke T. Small, MD to Cape ENT Group. Dr. Small specializes in otolaryngology which focuses on the anatomy, function, and diseases of the ear, nose and throat. He received his medical education from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2014. He... Read more

Ronca Joins Saint Francis Healthcare System

Richard D. Ronca, MD, PhD Richard D. Ronca, MD, PhD joins Saint Francis Healthcare System as a Neurohospitalist. Dr. Ronca will rotate inpatient coverage with Dr. Aleksey Androsov who is also a Neurohospitalist. A Neurohospitalist is a physician whose subspecialty interest is in the management of inpatients with neurologic disorders. Dr. Ronca received... Read more

Hayward joins Cape Spine and Neurosurgery

Franklin Hayward II, DO Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Franklin Hayward II, DO has joined Cape Spine and Neurosurgery. Dr. Hayward is board eligible through the American Osteopathic Board of Neurological Surgery. He earned his degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in... Read more

Barnes joins Cape Spine and Neurosurgery

Michael D. Barnes, RN, FNP-BC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Michael D. Barnes, RN, FNP-BC has joined Cape Spine and Neurosurgery. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 1998 and his Master of Science in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University... Read more

Saint Francis’ Ogburn Achieves FACHE Credential

Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE Vice President of Saint Francis Medical Partners, Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders. FACHE is a premier board certification in healthcare management and formally recognizes Ogburn's high competency, commitment... Read more

Saint Francis Health Center – Poplar Bluff To Open August 12

Saint Francis Health Center - Poplar Bluff Black River Medical Center officially joins Saint Francis Healthcare System Monday, August 12, 2019. The merger converts the Emergency Room to an Urgent Care center. At 7 pm Friday, August 9, Black River Medical Center Emergency Room closes and the Medical Center no longer offers inpatient services.... Read more


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