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Saint Francis Adds Two Hospitalists

Saint Francis Medical Center welcomes hospitalists Gretchen E. Price, DO, and Michael S. Flaim, DO, as new Saint Francis Medical Partners. They join 11 other hospitalists who provide dedicated care to hospitalized patients at the Medical Center. The two are also a husband-and-wife team. Gretchen E. Price,... Read more

Saint Francis Named Level II Stroke Center

Saint Francis Medical Center has earned Level II Stroke Center designation, the newest component of the Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System, from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). The statewide TCD brings together the 911-response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a coordinated way... Read more

Fitness Plus to Host Indoor Triathlon

Area residents can test their endurance at the tenth annual Fitness Plus Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, March 7. Beginning at 8 am in the Saint Francis Health and Wellness Center, 150 S. Mount Auburn Road (entrance 8), the triathlon includes a 300-yard swim, five-mile ride on... Read more

Dexter Clinic Opening Today

Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Outpatient Clinic opened today in its temporary location at 115 East Business Highway 60 in Dexter. Saint Francis Medical Partners F. Michael Caldwell, MD; Stephen Nagy, MD; Christopher Montgomery, MD; and Gilbert Smith, MD; will offer primary care services to patients here along... Read more

Saint Francis Now UnitedHealthcare Provider

Missouri residents enrolled in select UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual plans now have expanded in-network access to care at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. These plans include UnitedHealthcare's Choice POS and Options PPO. Saint Francis Healthcare System offers services to more than 715,000 people in Missouri,... Read more

Pediatrician Olson Joins Saint Francis

Saint Francis Medical Center is proud to introduce pediatrician Gary S. Olson, MD, FAAP, FCP, as a new Medical Partner with Cape Physician Associates. This highly respected physician has been caring for the physical, mental and social health of his young patients in area communities since... Read more

Dr. Diemer Named Vice President of Quality

Thomas S. Diemer, MD Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas S. Diemer, MD, to the Executive Team. Diemer has accepted the newly created role of Vice President of Quality, effective January 1, 2015. As Vice President of Quality, Diemer will be responsible for Case Management,... Read more

Saint Francis Adds Respected Poplar Bluff Neurologist

Shahid K. Choudhary, MD Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to welcome respected neurologist Shahid K. Choudhary, MD, of the newly formed Poplar Bluff Neurology Specialists as a new Medical Partner. This well-known specialist, who has been helping neurology patients in Poplar Bluff for more than 21 years, will be... Read more

Piedmont Family Practice Physician Joins Saint Francis

D. Andrew Gayle, MD Saint Francis Medical Center is pleased to welcome Andy Gayle, MD, of the new Piedmont Physician Associates practice as Medical Partners. This respected family practice physician will officially join the Medical Center on January 1, 2015. Dr. Gayle earned his medical degree and later completed his family... Read more

Heart Hospital Accredited as Chest Pain Center with PCI

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital has again received full accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Saint Francis was first accredited in 2009. The reaccreditation is valid for three years. Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of... Read more

Emergency, Trauma Center Reaccredited

Saint Francis Medical Center has been reaccredited as the region’s only Level III Trauma Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Unit of Emergency Medical Services. Trauma centers are hospitals with resources immediately available to provide efficient nursing and medical care as well as... Read more

Community Kicks Off Pink Up with a Bang

Saint Francis Medical Center kicked off its annual Pink Up breast cancer awareness campaign with a bang on Wednesday night. More than 1,000 guests, including breast cancer survivors, their families and supporters, gathered at the Medical Center’s Cancer Institute for food, entertainment and shopping, all benefitting... Read more

Wilferth Named Executive Director of Saint Francis Foundation

James “Jimmy” Wilferth has been named executive director of Saint Francis Foundation, the fundraising arm of Saint Francis Medical Center. His responsibilities include the management of the development team, building relationships with both the Foundation and The Friends of Saint Francis Boards of Directors, increasing the Foundation’s... Read more

Keller Names Business Liaison at Saint Francis

Saint Francis Medical Center has named Beth Keller, PHR, business liaison in the Business Development department. In her new position, Keller will work primarily with companies and industries in Saint Francis’ service area, educating them on the services available at the Medical Center, including the Occupational Medicine... Read more

23 Local Students Awarded Healthcare Scholarships

Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 local students on August 1. Each student received $2,000 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession. The Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program was created in 1980. The program is funded... Read more

Fitness Plus Walkers Take 50 Million Steps

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Fitness Plus placed second in the Worldwide Walking Challenge sponsored by the Medical Fitness Association. Fitness Plus recruited more than 700 participants who took a total number of 50,377,895 steps during the week-long challenge. Fitness Plus will be recognized for this accomplishment... Read more

Safe Sitter Course Promotes Child Safety

Saint Francis Medical Center wants to make sure that your child is safe when left at home alone or under the watch of a babysitter. To help ensure this safety, the Medical Center offers the Safe Sitter program for boys and girls ages 11 to 13... Read more


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