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Health Services

Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

Details: In this procedure, a small portion of the stomach is sewn or stapled together to make a small pouch (roughly the size of an egg) to limit food intake It also bypasses part of the intestines to reduce calorie absorption Expected Outcomes / Benefits: Intestines are... Read more


A small, tube-shaped pouch is created to decrease stomach size and hold less food, and the small intestine is divided into two sections and attached to the lower part of the smaller stomach. This allows food to go past most of the small intestine and not... Read more

Wendy Mikel’s Weight Loss Journey

Wendy Mikel is experiencing a lot of new "firsts" after losing 139 pounds following gastric bypass surgery nearly two years ago. "I had never been able to do that before!" Wendy Mikel said about sitting on her feet with her knees on the floor. Her battle with weight... Read more

Laura’s Weight Loss Success

After a major wake-up call with her health, Laura decided to join The Healthy Weigh in June 2017. Since that time, she has cut all her medications in half, gone down approximately 18 inches on her waist, lost about 100 pounds and is now working on maintaining... Read more

Baby Boxinette Program

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


What is an Intensivist? Intensivists are doctors who focus on care of critically ill patients, usually in an intensive care unit (ICU). These critical care physicians have advanced training in treating this type of patient. At Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, this team of physicians... Read more

Weight Loss Solutions Seminar Registration Come learn more about bariatric surgery options and find out if you’re a candidate! To register for one of our upcoming seminars, please fill out the form below. From sleeve gastrectomy to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to BPD-DS, Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Weight Loss Solutions offers a variety... Read more

Healthy Bites

The Healthy Bites program is designed to help individuals obtain healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Each month, a different health professional leads a 30-minute educational program covering topics for achieving and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Upcoming Healthy Bites Events: No events scheduled at this time

LINX System

Linx for Reflux Disease Saint Francis Medical Center is the first hospital in the region to offer the LINX Reflux Management System, a new service for patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease. In this procedure, a flexible bracelet of magnetic titanium beads is implanted around the... Read more

Neurosciences Outreach Clinics

Neurosciences Institute Additional Locations Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers expanded neurological hospital coverage in Poplar Bluff. Patients in these locations now have access to Saint Francis specialists, Neurosciences Institute technology, and resources. Neurological Treatment in Poplar Bluff Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center, gives Poplar... Read more

Meet Evan

Evan has always thought he was put on this earth to be in public safety and help others. However, when his weight began causing a variety of health issues and limiting the amount of help he could offer, he knew it was time to make a... Read more

Meet Brooke

Brooke wanted to find out more about weight-loss surgery after being turned away from a roller coaster at Six Flags because she was too heavy to ride it two summers ago. For a long time, she had known that she was eating herself into an early... Read more

Meet Maria

Having bariatric surgery was a big decision for Maria. It took her nearly a year to do all the research and get comfortable with the idea. After consultations with Dr. LeGrand, she finally made the decision to go for it because of his compassion and genuine... Read more

Donna Ozark and The Healthy Weigh

Donna Ozark of Perryville, Mo., joined The Healthy Weigh in December of 2016! In just 10 months, she lost 118 pounds and is now maintaining her weight loss. "I was miserable about my size and worried about my health before I joined The Healthy Weigh," recalls Ozark.... Read more

Weight Loss Success Stories

Patrons of Weight Loss Solutions, The Healthy Weigh, and Fitness Plus share personal accounts of their weight loss struggles and successes.

Mother and Daughter Lose Weight Together

When Teri Welker read an article in the paper about a teacher who lost weight through Saint Francis Healthcare System's The Healthy Weigh, it was a lightbulb moment for her. Her daughter, Ashley, recently told her she needed to find a good program to lose weight, and... Read more

The Healthy Weigh Community Provides Support

For Joseph McClarty, weight loss has been all about community. He had tried many times to shed weight on his own, but it was not until he started The Healthy Weigh at Saint Francis Healthcare System and joined the support group that he saw lasting results. The... Read more

Tobacco Cessation Class Schedule

Tobacco cessation classes last approximately 45 - 60 minutes. The class fee is $75 for the general public and free to Saint Francis Healthcare System colleagues and their spouses. Participants are welcome to bring a support person for no additional charge. To register or for more... Read more

Fitness Plus

Fitness Plus is the cornerstone of Saint Francis Medical Center’s Health and Wellness Center, a medically integrated facility combining fitness, wellness and rehabilitation in one convenient location. Members have access to highly trained staff, the most up-to-date fitness equipment and classes, an aquatics area with four... Read more

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