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Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Department

Emergency, Trauma & Urgent Care Services

Southeast Missouri’s Only Level III Trauma Center

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Emergency and Trauma Center is the only state-designated Level III Emergency and Trauma Center in southeast Missouri, and we care for approximately 43,500 patients annually. The Center is formally named the Gene E. Huckstep Emergency / Trauma Center in recognition of a long-term Board of Directors Chairman.

To earn a Level III Trauma Center designation, Saint Francis passed a rigorous comprehensive quality assessment and demonstrated the ability to provide:

  • 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians
  • Prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists
  • Transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I or Level II Trauma Center
  • Continuing education for trauma center nurses and personnel

Our emergency and trauma center is a state-of-the-art facility with 32 patient rooms, including:

  • 26 private treatment rooms with direct access to bathrooms
  • 3 trauma rooms
  • 2 triage rooms
  • 1 special procedures room
  • Specially designated children’s exam areas and equipment specifically tailored to treat children of all ages
  • Senior-friendly accommodations such as, thicker mattresses, higher chairs, large-print forms, guardrails and nonskid flooring to enhance comfort and encourage a speedy return to the highest quality of life

Southeast Missouri’s Largest Team of Emergency Physicians

With 14 hospital-based emergency services physicians and trauma surgeons, our Level III Emergency and Trauma Center has the largest emergency medical services team in southeast Missouri. Our highly-experienced nursing staff is specially trained in advanced cardiac life support, trauma and pediatrics in order to support Saint Francis’ physicians around the clock.

Trauma Services

Our Level III Trauma Center provides critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Saint Francis trauma surgeons provide treatment for life-threatening injuries sustained from falls and motor vehicle accidents. They lead the team that evaluates, resuscitates, stabilizes, and operates on these patients while working closely with the team of emergency physicians.

Common Illnesses and Injuries Treated by Saint Francis Emergency Services Physicians:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acute upper respiratory infections
  • Allergic drug reaction
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Broken bones
  • Choking
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Contusions
  • Fainting
  • Falls
  • Gaping wounds
  • Heart attacks and chest pain
  • High fever
  • Human and some animal bites
  • Severe cuts
  • Stroke
  • Sudden severe pain and swelling in a joint
  • Surgery complication
  • Swallowing poison

Emergency Air Transportation Services

When time is of the essence, Saint Francis Medical Center has immediate access to regional aeromedical services that respond to life-threatening injuries and medical conditions. Area Rescue Consortium of Hospitals (ARCH) Air Medical Services and Air Evac Lifeteam provides emergency air transportation throughout our southeast Missouri and surrounding states. Aircraft land on one of two heliports at our Level III Trauma Center.

ThinkFirst: Avoiding Serious Head & Spinal Injuries

Each year, there are over 2 million emergency room visits associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury. Nearly 25 percent of these visits consist of children between the ages of 0 and 14. Saint Francis Medical Center sponsors ThinkFirst, an education program dedicated to preventing these injuries among teens. ThinkFirst is a fast-paced seminar presented to small and large student-body audiences at junior highs and high schools throughout southeast Missouri.

Schools interested in a ThinkFirst presentation should call trauma services at 573-331-5236.

Urgent Care

Urgent care physicians treat a host of non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that need immediate attention. Physicians routinely care for patients with the conditions listed below, as well as numerous other medical needs commonly treated by primary care physicians:

  • Ear infections
  • Sore or strep throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds or flu
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Cuts or lacerations
  • Hives or rashes
  • Bruises or sprains

Saint Francis Medical Center offers easily accessible walk-in urgent care facilities, open with extended hours during the week and on weekends. Appointments are never needed.

Immediate Convenient Care

Immediate Convenient Care extends our urgent care coverage in southeast Missouri. Our facilities provide the highest quality urgent care throughout the area – walk right in!

Cape Girardeau

Immediate Convenient Care / Urgent Care – Cape Girardeau


Saint Francis Health Center – Dexter


Jackson Physician Associates

Poplar Bluff

Immediate Convenient Care offers complete family medical care and occupational services, including:

  • Diagnostic services: Lab, X-ray and EKG
  • Occupational medicine services: DOT physicals, urine drug screen, breath alcohol testing, pulmonary function testing and treatment of employee injury

American Family Care

Saint Francis partners with American Family Care to provide more extensive coverage in Cape Girardeau. American Family Care treats everything from cuts, bruises and fractures to the common cold. They provide on-site lab tests, X-rays, and prescriptions.

465 S. Mount Auburn Road Suite 103
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

American Family Care Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm

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