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Mattison Promoted to Manager of IT Clinical Applications

Dustin Mattison Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Dustin Mattison has been promoted to Manager of IT Clinical Applications. He will assist in the planning, maintenance, and enhancement of Saint Francis Healthcare System applications that are supported by the clinical analyst team. He and his wife, Christina,... Read more

Compton Joins Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff

Rebecca A. Compton, APRN, FNP-C Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to welcome Nurse Practitioner Rebecca A. Compton, APRN, FNP-C to Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff. Compton earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky. in 2016. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse... Read more

Georges Joins Saint Francis Pain Management Center

Ricardo A. Georges, MD, DABA Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Ricardo A. Georges, MD, DABA has joined Saint Francis Pain Management Center. Dr. Georges hails from from Queens, New York where he was born, raised and pursued his career in medicine. After completing his undergraduate degree at New... Read more

Smith Promoted to Manager of Patient Care Resources

Krystle Smith, RN, BSN Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Krystle Smith, RN, BSN has been promoted to Manager of Patient Care Resources. As Manager of Patient Care Resources, Smith is responsible for Shift Administrators, the Transfer Center, Staffing Office, Telemonitor Technicians, Patient Care Technicians, Float Pool Patient... Read more

Saint Francis Awarded $3 Million Rural Maternity Obstetrics Grant

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that Saint Francis Healthcare System was awarded a RMOMS (Rural Maternity Obstetrics Management Strategies) grant. The grant, one of only three awarded nationwide, focuses on the six Missouri Bootheel counties of Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Scott and... Read more

Family Nurse Practitioner L’Heureux Joins Kneibert Clinic

Elizabeth A. L’Heureux, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Elizabeth L'Heureux, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C has joined Kneibert Clinic in Poplar Bluff. L'Heureux earned her Associate of Arts in Sociology in 2005 from Three Rivers College. She earned her Associate of Science in Nursing from Three Rivers in... Read more

Asmus Joins Ferguson Medical Group

Allyson E. Asmus, ARPN, FNP-BC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Allyson Asmus, ARPN, FNP-BC has joined Ferguson Medical Group. Asmus earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 2011. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing, also from Southeast, in 2019. Asmus... Read more

Naughton Joins Cape Medical Oncology

Michael J. Naughton, MD Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Michael J. Naughton, MD, has joined Cape Medical Oncology. Dr. Naughton has practiced medical oncology and hematology with an emphasis on breast cancer for more than 20 years. He previously practiced at The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center... Read more

Kidd and Younghouse Join Saint Francis Board of Directors

Adam Kidd and Laura Younghouse Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes two new members to the Saint Francis Healthcare System Board of Directors. Adam Kidd and Laura Younghouse joined the Board. Adam Kidd is the president of Kidd Oil Co. He has served on the Saint Francis Health Development Board since 2015. He... Read more

Family Nurse Practitioner Shirk Joins Saint Francis Hospitalists

Christina L. Shirk, FNP-BC Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner Christina L. Shirk, FNP-BC has joined Saint Francis Hospitalists. Shirk earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Roseman University in Henderson, Nev. in 2011. She graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Maryville... Read more

Small Joins Cape ENT Group

Luke T. Small, MD Saint Francis Healthcare System welcomes Luke T. Small, MD to Cape ENT Group. Dr. Small specializes in otolaryngology which focuses on the anatomy, function, and diseases of the ear, nose and throat. He received his medical education from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2014. He... Read more

Ronca Joins Saint Francis Healthcare System

Richard D. Ronca, MD, PhD Richard D. Ronca, MD, PhD joins Saint Francis Healthcare System as a Neurohospitalist. Dr. Ronca will rotate inpatient coverage with Dr. Aleksey Androsov who is also a Neurohospitalist. A Neurohospitalist is a physician whose subspecialty interest is in the management of inpatients with neurologic disorders. Dr. Ronca received... Read more

Hayward Joins Cape Spine and Neurosurgery

Franklin Hayward II, DO Saint Francis Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Franklin Hayward II, DO has joined Cape Spine and Neurosurgery. Dr. Hayward is board eligible through the American Osteopathic Board of Neurological Surgery. He earned his degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in... Read more

Saint Francis’ Ogburn Achieves FACHE Credential

Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE Vice President of Saint Francis Medical Partners, Alex Ogburn, MBA, FACHE, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders. FACHE is a premier board certification in healthcare management and formally recognizes Ogburn's high competency, commitment... Read more

Saint Francis Awards 22 Scholarships

Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary awarded healthcare scholarships to twenty-two local students in July. Each student received $2,000 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession. The Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program was established in 1980. Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis... Read more


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