News Articles

October 6, 2022

Onyenso Joins Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Gift A. Onyenso, MD, has joined Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff as a pediatrician. Onyenso earned her Bachelor of Science in Community Health: Health Planning and Administration from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana followed by her medical education...

October 3, 2022

Carson Joins Piedmont Physician Associates

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Clayton J. Carson, APRN, FNP-BC, has joined Piedmont Physician Associates as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Carson earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., followed by his Master of Science in Nursing...

October 3, 2022

Saint Francis Offering Virtual Urgent Care

Beginning October 3, Saint Francis Healthcare System now offers convenient, virtual urgent care services for many health conditions. Patients can speak to a provider through a secure, interactive video visit on a smartphone, tablet or computer seven days a week from the comfort of their...

September 30, 2022

Barnette Receives Missouri Chapter Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

Alan R. Barnette, MD, FAAP, Neonatologist at Cape Neonatology Specialists, a Saint Francis Medical Partner, received a Missouri Chapter Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Virtual Chapter Award Ceremony for his role as a subject matter expert in the collaborative grant awarded to...

September 29, 2022

Saint Francis Welcomes New Officers, Members to Boards

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome new officers and members to the Healthcare System Board and Health Development Services Board. Steven K. Dirnberger and Laura L. Younghouse have been named officers of the Healthcare System Board, with Jeffrey S. Hotop joining as a...

September 28, 2022

Saint Francis Donates Sculpture to Library

Saint Francis Healthcare System recently donated a sculpture to the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library Foundation. In mid-July, ownership of the piece, "Gulls," by Tom Runnels, was officially transferred from Saint Francis to the Foundation. It is now on permanent loan to the Poplar Bluff Municipal...

September 14, 2022

Davison Named President and Chief Executive Officer

The Saint Francis Healthcare System Board of Directors is pleased to name Justin Davison as the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. "I am pleased to support Justin Davison as President and CEO of Saint Francis," said the Most Reverend Edward M. Rice, Bishop...

September 6, 2022

Pereira Accepts Benefits Manager Role

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce Yvonne Pereira has been promoted to Benefits Manager in the Human Resources department. Pereira earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with minors in Mass Communications, French and Writing from Southeast Missouri State University. Pereira began her...

September 2, 2022

Riley to Take on New Role as Practice Manager

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to recognize Julie Riley, BSN, RN, on her promotion to Practice Manager of Cape Gastroenterology Specialists, Center for Digestive Diseases and Cape Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, all Saint Francis Medical Partners. Riley received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from...

September 2, 2022

Clippard to Take on Healing Arts & Specialty Pharmacy Manager Role

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to recognize Craig Clippard, RPh, on his promotion to Pharmacy Manager of the Healing Arts & Specialty Pharmacy. Clippard received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He began his career at Saint...

September 2, 2022

Saint Francis Welcomes Five Little Sisters of St. Francis

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce five Religious Sisters have joined the Saint Francis Family. Starting on August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, and throughout the month of August, a new group of Five Little Sisters of St. Francis...

September 1, 2022

Meixner Joins Cape Physician Associates

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Edward E. Meixner Jr., APRN, FNP-BC as a Nurse Practitioner at Cape Physician Associates, a Saint Francis Medical Partner. Meixner joins Cape Physician Associates from Mercy Hospital St. Louis where he worked as a registered nurse in their...

September 1, 2022

Barker Joins Ferguson Medical Group – East Prairie

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Zachary R. Barker, DO, as a Primary Care Physician at Ferguson Medical Group - East Prairie, a Saint Francis Medical Partner. Barker earned his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned his...

August 30, 2022

Home Health Earns Five-Star Patient Survey Rating from Medicare’s Care Compare

Saint Francis Home Health has received a five-star patient survey rating from Medicare's Care Compare for its commitment to delivering quality home care services. The rating recognizes Home Health's commitment to developing a personalized plan of care to each patient and delivering consistent, quality care. "Saint...

August 29, 2022

Underwood to Take on New Role as Director of Facilities Management

Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to recognize Matt Underwood on his promotion to Director of Facilities Management, effective August 2022. Underwood began his career at Saint Francis Healthcare System in 2009, becoming Manager of Facilities Management in 2014 where he was responsible for the oversite...

August 29, 2022

Ewasko Commissioned as United States Naval Reserve Health Care Administrator

On July 22, Saint Francis ACO Administrator Matt Ewasko was one of four commissioned as a Health Care Administrator in the United States Naval Reserve. The commissioning process includes interviews with Officers currently serving in the Navy Medical Corps, physicals, letters of recommendation, reference checks,...

August 26, 2022

Debbie Phillips Retires After More Than 30 Years with Saint Francis

After working at Saint Francis Healthcare System for more than 37 successful years, Deborah Phillips retired this week. Phillips began her career at Saint Francis as the Inventory Buyer for our warehouse and transitioned to the role of Buyer for Radiology, Laboratory and Catheterization Lab. Phillips...

August 8, 2022

Torbet Receives SHSMD Rising Star Award

The Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD) of the American Hospital Association recognizes Danielle Torbet, Director of Marketing at Saint Francis Healthcare System, as one of ten recipients of its annual Rising Star Award. Each year, SHSMD recognizes distinguished health care strategy professionals...

July 29, 2022

Saint Francis Foundation Awards 23 Scholarships to Students

Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary awarded a total of 23 healthcare scholarships to local students in July. Stacy Meyer was awarded the Steven C. Bjelich Executive Scholarship. The scholarship is available to graduate students pursuing a Master's degree in healthcare administration and...