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Baxter Achieves Recertification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling

Melanie Baxter, ScM, CGC Melanie Baxter, ScM, CGC, Cancer Genetic Counselor at Saint Francis Healthcare System, has again received the Certified Genetic Counselor (CGC®) credential from the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). The CGC credential is an internationally recognized professional credential for genetic counselors. Those awarded the CGC credential must... Read more

Miller Takes on New Role as Laboratory Manager at Saint Francis

Marvin Miller Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Marvin Miller to the position of laboratory manager of the Saint Francis Medical Center Laboratory, effective January 8, 2021. Miller began his career at Saint Francis Healthcare System in December of 1990, working as a phlebotomist while also attending... Read more

Kukielka Joins Cape Cardiology Group

Gilbert L. Kukielka, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Gilbert L. Kukielka, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI, interventional cardiologist, to Cape Cardiology Group. Dr. Kukielka is an experienced cardiologist who joins Saint Francis from Marietta Memorial Hospital in Ohio, where he practiced General and Interventional Cardiology and served as... Read more

Saint Francis Begins Vaccinating Patient-Facing Healthcare Workers

Who Gets the COVIC Vaccine First? Saint Francis Healthcare System began vaccinating patient-facing, frontline healthcare workers on Friday, December 18. More than 330 Saint Francis colleagues were vaccinated thanks to Broadway Pharmacy in Cape Girardeau. In accordance with the phased vaccination approach from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the... Read more

Newcomer Receives MO-ACHE President’s Award

Lisa Newcomer, RRT, MBA, FACHE and Maryann Reese, RN, MHA, DHA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System The Missouri Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MO-ACHE) recognizes Lisa Newcomer, RRT, MBA, FACHE, Service Line Director of Cancer Services at Saint Francis Healthcare System, as one of four recipients of its annual President’s Award. "Lisa is an exemplary leader who has been instrumental... Read more

Lumsden Joins Cape Physician Associates

Marc J. Lumsden, DO Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Marc J. Lumsden, DO, to Cape Physician Associates. Lumsden graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, in August 2016. He completed a traditional rotating internship at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY, and recently finished... Read more

Saint Francis Achieves 200th TAVR Milestone

Saint Francis Healthcare System's Heart Valve Center achieved a momentous milestone this month performing its 200th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) since the program began September 2014.TAVR is a safer alternative to open-heart surgery, offering patients with severe aortic stenosis a minimally invasive surgical option. Patients... Read more

DeLonais Joins Saint Francis Emergency Department

Anne M. DeLonais, MD Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Anne DeLonais, MD to the Emergency Department. Dr. DeLonais is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. She attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, OH from 1993-1997. She went on to attend and complete... Read more

Swafford Joins Saint Francis Emergency Department

C. Adam Swafford, MD Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome C. Adam Swafford, MD, FACEP, to the Emergency Department. Dr. Swafford is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He attended medical school (1993-1998) and internship (1998-2000) at University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Swafford then... Read more

The Last Saint Francis Nun Retires

Sister Maureen Elfrink Sister Maureen Elfrink, the last remaining nun serving at Saint Francis Healthcare System, is retiring in August. Her roots are in southeast Missouri, but she has led a faith-filled career that has taken her far beyond this region. Maureen Elfrink was born in St. Louis, and her... Read more

Beran Joins Saint Francis Emergency Department

Bradley R. Beran, DO, FAWM Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Bradley R. Beran, DO, FAWM, to the Emergency Department. Beran attended Southeast Missouri State University for his undergraduate schooling from 2009-2013. He went on to attend medical school at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA, from 2013-2017. He... Read more

Amin Joins Saint Francis Emergency Department

Jesal S. Amin, MD Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Jesal A. Amin, MD to the Emergency Department. Amin attended medical school at University of Missouri—Kansas City, MO from 2011-2017. He finished his residency at Truman Medical Center—West in Kansas City, MO from 2017-2020. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Emergency and... Read more

Ervin Joins Saint Francis Palliative Care Program

Nicholas A. Ervin, APRN, FNP Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Nicholas A. Ervin, MSN, APRN, FNP-C to Saint Francis Palliative Care Program. Nick Ervin is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Ervin attended Southeast Health College of Nursing, gaining his Associate Degree in Nursing from 2011-2013.... Read more

Rhodes-Griffith Joins Saint Francis Hospitalists

Emily Rhodes-Griffith, AGACNP Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Emily Rhodes-Griffith, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC to the Hospitalist department. Rhodes-Griffith is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She attended Southeast Missouri State University from 2013-2014 to obtain her Bachelor of... Read more

Roe Joins Saint Francis Health Center – Dexter

Caitlin B. Roe, APRN, FNP Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Caitlin B. Roe, APRN, FNP-C, to Saint Francis Health Center – Dexter. Caitlin Roe is board certified by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Roe earned her Bachelor’s degree from... Read more


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