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Palmer Joins Cape Primary Care

Bobbi J. Palmer, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Bobbi J. Palmer, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC has joined Cape Primary Care. Palmer earned her Bachelor of Science – Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. in 1987. She earned her... Read more

Nurse Practitioner Toole Joins Farmington Physician Associates

Shannon D. Toole, APRN, FNP-C Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Shannon D. Toole has joined Farmington Physician Associates. Toole earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. in 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing... Read more

Newcomer Achieves FACHE Credential

Lisa Newcomer, RRT, MBA, FACHE Lisa Newcomer, RRT, MBA, FACHE, Service Line Director of Cancer Services, Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine at Saint Francis Healthcare System, has achieved Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). This significant professional achievement is a gold standard board certification as a healthcare executive and formally... Read more

Saint Francis First in Region to Offer TMVR for Mitral Regurgitation

MitraClip device Saint Francis Healthcare System now offers transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) with the MitraClip procedure for those experiencing mitral regurgitation (MR). The Structural Heart Team of Saint Francis Healthcare System performed its first MitraClip procedure this week. Mitral regurgitation is the leakage of blood backward through the... Read more

Ashley Carter Named Hospital Coding Manager

Ashley Carter Ashley Carter has been named the Hospital Coding Manager for Health Information Management at Saint Francis Healthcare System. Carter is a Certified Coding Specialist. Her responsibilities include educating physicians on any hospital coding concerns, working directly with the clinical documentation improvement team regarding any coding/quality documentation issues.... Read more

Saint Francis Honors Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Don and Wilma Heisserer pose after Wilma was named Auxilian of the Year for her outstanding dedication to Saint Francis Healthcare. Saint Francis Healthcare System celebrated National Volunteer Week from April 7-13 with the annual Auxiliary and Volunteer Luncheon on April 15 to honor the more than 100 volunteers who serve Saint Francis Healthcare and its patients. Around 130 attended the luncheon held at the Drury Plaza Hotel... Read more

Torbet named Director of Foundation & Marketing

Danielle Liley-Torbet Danielle Liley-Torbet has been named the Director of Foundation & Marketing at Saint Francis Healthcare System. She is responsible for overseeing all fundraising efforts and marketing projects. Torbet was recently named the new Foundation and Marketing manager in July. "I have worked very closely with Danielle over the... Read more

Ogburn Named Vice President of Saint Francis Medical Partners

Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE has been named the new Vice President of Saint Francis Medical Partners. He will focus on Saint Francis Healthcare System's Clinically Integrated Network, Accountable Care Organization and continue his work with the provider network, Saint Francis Medical Partners. "This new role will shift my... Read more

Genetic Counselor Melanie Baxter Joins Saint Francis Healthcare

Melanie Baxter, ScM, CGC Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes Certified Genetic Counselor Melanie Baxter, ScM, CGC to the Saint Francis Cancer Institute. Genetic counselors are knowledgeable and up-to-date on the constantly changing field of genetics. They are trained to tailor, translate and communicate complex genetic information into practical, understandable decision-making information... Read more

Nurse Practitioner Lindsay McVey Joins Kneibert Clinic

Lindsay McVey, FNP-BC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatrics Lindsay McVey has transitioned from Saint Francis Health Center in Dexter to Kneibert Clinic. McVey earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arkansas State University in 2005 and Master of Science... Read more

Hospitalist Devika R. Nagaraj Joins Saint Francis Healthcare

Devika R. Nagaraj, MD Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Adult/Pediatric Hospitalist Devika R. Nagaraj to Saint Francis Medical Center. Dr. Nagaraj received her medical education and completed her internship in 1991 from Bangalore Medical College at Karnatake State in India. She completed her residency in 2001 at St.... Read more

Trae R. Smith Joins Saint Francis Anesthesiology

Trae R. Smith, CRNA Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Trae R. Smith to Saint Francis Medical Center. He received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. in 2012. Smith received his Master of Science in Anesthesia from Middle Tennessee... Read more

Melissa Rowland Joins Cape Gastroenterology Specialists

Melissa Rowland, NP-C Saint Francis Healthcare is pleased to announce that Melissa Rowland, NP-C has been hired as a Nurse Practitioner at Cape Gastroenterology Specialists. Rowland will care for hospitalized patients requiring gastroenterology consultations. She previously worked for three years at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine in Springfield, Mo. as a Nurse... Read more

Jason Colvin Named IT Director at Saint Francis Healthcare

Jason Colvin Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Jason Colvin has been hired as the new Information Technology Director of IT Infrastructure and Technical Services. Colvin has more than 13 years of IT experience and more than six years of management experience. He was previously the Manager... Read more

Fresh Healthy Café Coming to Saint Francis

Fresh Healthy Cafe With the start of the new year and more people focused on making healthy choices, there is a new option in town – Fresh Healthy Café, brought to you by Saint Francis Healthcare System. Opening on January 20, 2019, the restaurant will offer healthy fast-casual food with... Read more


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