What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works and is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head.
Concussions are serious business for young athletes, particularly those who play football. Each year, an estimated... Read more
Heart Disease Facts
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in four Americans dies from heart disease. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital in southeast Missouri is dedicated to educating people about the symptoms of heart attack and heart disease. We offer the latest technology to... Read more
Treating and managing chronic diseases such as heart failure, myocardial infarction and pneumonia does not stop after the patient is discharged from the hospital. Making sure high-risk patients receive proper care after leaving the hospital is the goal of the Continuing Care Clinic at Saint Francis Medical Center.
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The Critical Care Center in Cape Girardeau
The Critical Care Center at Saint Francis Medical Center is a state-of-the-art unit equipped with the latest medical technology and is staffed by highly trained medical professionals who specialize in caring for critically ill patients. The Critical Care Center houses... Read more
Doctors at Saint Francis Healthcare now treat cancer patients using the first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the head, spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. The CyberKnife® System is a non-surgical, pain-free treatment option... Read more
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body needs help turning food into energy. People with diabetes are unable to produce or use insulin, which helps cells process glucose in the body. Without adequate and efficient insulin, those sugars remain in the bloodstream, raising... Read more
Importance of Testing for Heart Disease
Approximately 80 million Americans have some form of heart disease. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital uses the latest tests and procedures to diagnose heart-related disorders before they become fatal. Stress tests, blood pressure monitoring, and angiography are effective diagnostic tools.
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What is a Digital Mammogram?Why should I get a mammogram?Why do you need my previous mammogram?What can I expect during a mammogram?How do I prepare for my exam?Will my mammogram be painful?How do I obtain my results?
What is a Digital Mammogram?
A digital mammogram is a low-dose... Read more
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
Comprehensive Emergency Medicine in Cape Girardeau
Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Emergency and Trauma center has the largest staff of emergency physicians in southeast Missouri. The following emergency physicians are trained to quickly respond to your needs:
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... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Family BirthPlace was designed around the needs and desires of expectant moms.
Family BirthPlace is home to the region’s first labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum (LDRP) suites and incorporates an array of beneficial features to make childbirth a more warm, relaxing, comfortable experience for mothers and... Read more
The safety and security of your newborn are shared responsibilities. You, your family and friends, and the Saint Francis Medical Center all play an important role.
Family BirthPlace Responsibilities
Family BirthPlace staff has special ID badges that are different from the staff working in other areas of the... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center's Family BirthPlace staff encourages friends and family to visit mothers and their new babies. When planning your visit, please keep these guidelines in mind:
Visitors can access the Family BirthPlace from Entrance 5, by taking the elevators to the 3rd floor.
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I am considering weight-loss surgery. How do I know if I qualify?
This option is for people who have a BMI of 35 or higher and have tried many diets and exercise programs. If you are interested in surgery, the next step is to attend an informational... Read more
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
Award-Winning Fitness Center in Southeast Missouri
Fitness Plus at Saint Francis is one of the nation’s top facilities for fitness, wellness, nutrition and rehabilitation. Learn healthy eating habits, experience yoga and massage, firm up, get in shape, make friends and lose weight with our programs.
Fitness Plus has... Read more
How does an individual qualify for rehabilitation?
Acute rehabilitation requires that patients be able to tolerate three hours of therapy per day. This includes at least two different specialties – physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. Patients must have a community discharge plan and be considered likely to... Read more
At Saint Francis Medical Center, our Gastroenterology department treats patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including colon cancer, using the latest medical advances in the field. Our affiliates at Cape Gastroenterology Specialists, having access to the Saint Francis Gastroenterology Lab, offer both inpatient and... Read more
What is an X-Ray?What radiologic procedures are available?How is the test performed?How to prepare for the test?How will the test feel?Are there any risks associated with X-rays?When will I know my results?
What is an X-Ray?
X-ray imaging is perhaps the most commonly known form of diagnostic testing.... Read more