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Saint Francis Welcomes First Baby of 2013

Hunter Glen Vanek, the first Saint Francis delivery of 2013, with proud parents Tafawny and Andrew Vanek Family BirthPlace Ends Year with Record Deliveries Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated its first baby delivered in 2013. At 5:06 am on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the six-pound, 13-ounce, 19.75-inch Hunter Glen Vanek was welcomed into the world by proud parents Tafawny and Andrew Vanek of Jackson,... Read more

Saint Francis Breaks Ground on Expansion Project

On November 28, Saint Francis Medical Center broke ground on its ambitious expansion and renovation project, “Building on Excellence.” Adding to its strong foundation of innovation and quality, the Medical Center will enhance facilities, services and systems to bring best-in-class healthcare to the people of Missouri... Read more

Saint Francis Wins 20 Show-Me Excellence State Marketing Awards

Saint Francis Medical Center won 20 Show-Me Excellence awards for excellence in healthcare marketing – more than any other single hospital in the state – from the Missouri Association for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (MAHPRM). This statewide honor recognizes an institution’s efforts to educate and inform... Read more

Gala Raises $146,000 for Cancer Fight

The stars came out for “A Cure for Cape,” the American Cancer Society’s Annual Gala, presented by Saint Francis Medical Center. The cancer survivors, Saint Francis employees and community supporters at the August 25 event raised a remarkable $146,374 for the American Cancer Society’s cancer-fighting efforts... Read more

Saint Francis Offers New Bone Survey For Cancer Detection

Saint Francis Medical Center is the first in the region to offer the PET F18 Bone Survey – the new standard in bone imaging. This new tool helps capture high-definition bone images, making it easier to accurately detect cancer that has metastasized or spread to the... Read more

Volleyball Team to Honor Breast Cancer Survivors at Game

The Southeast Missouri State University women’s volleyball team will honor breast cancer survivors during its match against Austin Peay State University on Friday, October 5, at 6:30 pm in Houck Field House. Between the second and third sets, survivors will receive pink volleyballs honoring their journeys. The... Read more

Saint Francis Kicks Off Pink Up Cape

Saint Francis Medical Center kicked off its annual Pink Up Cape breast cancer awareness campaign with a bang on Wednesday night. More than 700 guests, including breast cancer survivors, their families and supporters, gathered in the Cancer Institute for food, entertainment and shopping, all benefitting Dig... Read more

Firmand Named Director of Training, Development

Saint Francis Medical Center welcomes Steve Firmand, DM, as director of Training and Development. In this role, Firmand will be responsible for the overall management, design, development and delivery of enterprise learning for Saint Francis’ more than 2,400 employees. Firmand has worked in multiple industries, ranging from... Read more

Saint Francis Earns Gold for Blood Drives

Saint Francis Medical Center has earned Gold level status from the American Red Cross in its Champions for Life campaign. The Champions for Life initiative benefits the Red Cross in two ways: by increasing blood donations at hospital-sponsored blood drives and by recognizing hospital sponsors and blood... Read more

Local Physician Honored by Peers

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE), the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), inducted Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, of Cape Diabetes and Endocrinology as a Fellow during a special ceremony on May 26 at the 20th annual... Read more

Saint Francis Earns Best Place to Work Title

Magazine Names Hospital to Top 100 List for Fifth Time Saint Francis Medical Center has been named one of the top 100 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine for the fifth consecutive year–an honor no other employer in Missouri has achieved. The prestigious program... Read more

Saint Francis Employees Donate $201,000 to Aid Co-Workers, Patients

Saint Francis Medical Center’s employees showed their generosity and concern for co-workers and patients by pledging more than $201,000 to the 2012 Team One campaign, almost $41,000 over the goal. This year was the most successful in the campaign’s history, and included contributions from more than half... Read more

Saint Francis Names Luna Medical Partners Administrator

Saint Francis Medical Center has named Verlene Luna, MHA, FACHE, administrator of Saint Francis Medical Partners. In this role, she will provide leadership for all operational, financial and administrative aspects of Saint Francis’ Medical Partners network. Before joining Saint Francis, Luna worked with several healthcare systems in... Read more

Saint Francis Wins 12 Show-Me Excellence State Marketing Awards

Saint Francis Medical Center won 12 Show-Me Excellence awards – including three first-place awards – for excellence in healthcare marketing from the Missouri Association for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (MAHPRM). This statewide honor recognizes an institution’s efforts to educate and inform the community about health-related... Read more

Saint Francis Awarded USDA Grant for Telemedicine Project

Saint Francis Medical Center has been awarded $262,068 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help purchase equipment for the first regional telestroke and teletrauma program in Southeast Missouri. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for 52 distance learning and telemedicine projects that will increase... Read more

3-D Screening for Breast Cancer

Women seeking mammograms in southeast Missouri have the latest screening and diagnostic technology available to them at Womancare and Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff. These are the only facilities in the region to offer 3-D breast tomosynthesis utilizing the Selenia® Dimensions® digital mammography system. The Selenia Dimensions... Read more

Bandermann Named Administrator of Surgery Center

Jason Bandermann, Director of Ambulatory Services Saint Francis Healthcare System has named Jason Bandermann, MBA, administrator for Physicians Alliance Surgery Center, 3241 Percy Drive. Saint Francis entered into a joint partnership with the Surgery Center in September 2011, when it purchased a 51 percent interest in the limited liability company. The remaining... Read more

Saint Francis Takes Gold, Best of Show at Local Addy Awards

Saint Francis Medical Center took home six awards, including a Best of Show, at the Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals 17th annual ADDY® Awards banquet on February 24. Nearly 140 print, broadcast and multimedia advertising projects, all created, published or aired in the Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Paducah, Ky.;... Read more


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