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Saint Francis Healthcare System Distributes Baby Boxinettes

Nolan Blattel sleeps in a boxinette Saint Francis Healthcare System in partnership with the Community Caring Council are distributing baby "boxinettes" to encourage safe sleeping habits for newborns and their caregivers. These boxes are lined with a mattress and function like a bassinet. Accompanied with a consistent educational message about safe sleep options,... 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

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

Saint Francis Healthcare to Hold Career Fair March 18

Career Fair - On-Site Interviews Saint Francis Healthcare will hold a career fair Monday, March 18, 2019 at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. The career fair will be at the Saint John of God Conference Room from 4 - 7:00 pm (near the Main Entrance on William Street). There will... Read more

LINX Procedure Cures Severe Acid Reflux

Claude Old Claude Old suffered from severe acid reflex. High dosages of a medication that blocks production of acid in the stomach were not offering the relief he wanted. "My acid reflux would get so bad that my chest hurt so bad, and I mean, even up into my... Read more

HMR Diet Ranked Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet

The Healthy Weigh is an official licensee of the HMR Program, a non-surgical, clinic-based diet that U.S. News & World Report has named a "Best Diet for Fast Weight Loss" for 2019 Weight Management Services' Health Management Resources® (HMR) Program utilized by Saint Francis Healthcare's Healthy Weigh program has been awarded the 2019 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet by US News and World Report. The Healthy Weigh, Saint Francis Medical Center's weight-loss program, incorporates diet solutions from HMR. The program... 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

Poplar Bluff Pediatrics to Join Saint Francis Healthcare System

Poplar Bluff Pediatrics is becoming a Medical Partner with Saint Francis Healthcare System effective March 1. Poplar Bluff Pediatrics has served patients since 1991 and will remain at its current location at 2210 Barron Road, Suites 120-122 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri (map). "The merger with Poplar Bluff Pediatrics... 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


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