What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disorder in which certain nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord slowly die. The first sign of ALS is often weakness in one leg, one hand, the face, or the... Read more
What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that causes dementia, the degeneration of intellectual functions such as memory. Alzheimer’s and related conditions can have a particularly devastating effect on a person’s quality of life. And though it receives much less attention than other serious... Read more
Weight loss surgery isn’t for everyone. It is a last resort for healthy, emotionally well adults who have tried and failed to lose weight — and have a body mass index (BMI) above 35, which usually indicates extreme obesity.
Patients who elect to have bariatric surgery also must... Read more
What is a Baby Boxinette?
A Boxinette is a tested and safety-certified enclosure which provides a safe sleep space for infants, discouraging co-sleeping (babies and parents sleeping together in the same bed).
Saint Francis Healthcare partnered with the Missouri Foundation for Health to initiate the program. Currently, Saint... Read more
Breast Cancer Facts
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in their lives. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97 percent. Signs include a lump or an area of thickening... Read more
A Comprehensive Breast Health Center
Womancare provides education, examinations, testing and treatments through its state-of-the-art facility, which offers both comfort and convenience. The American College of Radiology (ACR) designates Womancare as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This ACR recognition shows that our technologists are certified, have... Read more
The Cancer Institute at Saint Francis offers world-class expertise, deep experience and state-of-the-art technology - right here at home. Accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), we are committed to providing you with high quality, patient-centered care. This accreditation allows you access to the services needed... Read more
Cancer Institute Additional Location
Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers expanded cancer treatment coverage in Sikeston and Perryville. Patients in these locations now have access to Saint Francis specialists, Cancer Institute technology, and resources.
Cancer Treatment in Sikeston
In addition Mark A. Meadors, DO, and Prem Sobti, MD,... Read more
Cardiac Outreach for Southeast Missouri
Saint Francis Medical Center is proud to partner with Cape Cardiology Group and Cape Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery to provide cardiac outreach to patients throughout the southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky regions.
As medical partners of Saint Francis, Cape Cardiology Group... Read more
What Is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac Rehab is a medically monitored exercise and lifestyle education program that assures optimal recovery after a heart procedure. Sessions are supervised by specially trained Cardiac Rehab nurses and include exercise and education about nutrition, lifestyle changes and heart medications. Cardiac Rehab is... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center's Heart Hospital in Cape Girardeau offers several procedures and treatments for cardiovascular disease. Our experienced cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and technologists work 24 hours a day to perform bypasses, insert stents and pacemakers, and replace valves. We use the latest... Read more
Development and Milestones
Your Saint Francis provider will ask questions about your newborn, and he or she will observe the baby to get an idea of the infant’s development. By this visit, your newborn is likely doing some of the following:
Blinking at a bright light
Trying... Read more
About our Gastrointestinal Laboratory
The highly specialized technology available in the gastrointestinal laboratory (GI Lab) is helping doctors better diagnose and manage gastrointestinal disease with less-invasive procedures. Scientific breakthroughs like these play a key role in the future-forward approach to inpatient and outpatient GI care at Cape... Read more
About the Center for Joint Replacement & Revision
If painful hips and knees are limiting your mobility and quality of life, joint replacement could be the answer. At the nationally recognized Center for Joint Replacement & Revision at Saint Francis Medical Center in southeast Missouri, an extraordinary... Read more
Learn about patient experiences in their own words:
Staff recognition: Amy, Ronnie, Morgan RN
Very caring and clean place. Got to room fast when I called.
Thank you! Staff recognition: Lisa (NA), Amy, Ronnie, Hannah
Loved the therapy. Ronnie was great. Amy was so upbeat.
From beginning to end, everyone was... Read more
Tamara and Chadd chose The Healthy Weigh program when they decided to embark on a new, healthy lifestyle. Tamara underwent treatment for breast cancer, which left her feeling unhealthy and helpless. Chadd decided to join, not only to support her, but to increase his own health... Read more
Medical Care During Labor and Delivery
The following are some of the more common medical procedures used at Saint Francis Medical Center during labor and delivery.
External monitoring is used on the outside of your body. Two disks are placed on your abdomen. They may be held... Read more
The state-of-the-art Children’s Center at Saint Francis Medical Center provides compassionate, comprehensive care to children of all ages (17 and under) suffering from various illnesses and injuries. Parents can rest assured their children will receive high-quality medical and surgical care from leading specialists who understand pediatric... Read more