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News Articles

La Pierre Named Chief Nursing-Clinical Officer

Stephanie La Pierre, MBA, BSN, RN, CSSBB (ASQ), CPHQ Saint Francis Healthcare System announces Stephanie La Pierre, MBA, BSN, RN, CSSBB (ASQ), CPHQ, has been appointed to the newly combined role of Chief Nursing-Clinical Officer. La Pierre has served the Healthcare System as Chief Performance Improvement Officer since 2015. Her knowledge and expertise have led to... Read more

Saint Francis to Resume Surgeries with COVID Testing

Saint Francis Medical Center - Front exterior view Saint Francis Medical Center will resume elective surgeries and procedures on Monday, April 27."The ability to perform non-emergent, elective surgeries is encouraging news for our Healthcare System as well as the communities we are called to serve," says Dr. Maryann Reese, president and chief executive officer... Read more

Saint Francis Approved for Convalescent Plasma Treatment

COVID-19 Treatment Saint Francis Healthcare System received approval from the Mayo Clinic Institutional Review Board to use plasma from recovered, or convalescent, COVID-19 patients for treatment with currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients.When a patient has an active viral or bacterial infection, the immune system develops proteins, called antibodies, which... Read more

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


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