Health Services

Geriatric Fracture Program

Helping You Return to the Highest Quality of Living The Geriatric Fracture Program team at the Saint Francis Orthopedic Institute specializes in returning hip fracture patients to the highest quality of living as quickly as possible. Hip fractures have a relatively high incidence among seniors, with 9 of... Read more

Gynecologic Cancer

Most Common Gynecologic Cancers Each year, thousands of American women are diagnosed with cancers of the reproductive system. To ensure women throughout the region have access to gynecologic cancer expertise, Saint Francis Medical Center's Cancer Institute partners with Cape Gynecologic Oncology to provide specialty care for: Ovarian... Read more

Head & Neck Cancers

Head & Neck Cancer Facts Head and neck cancers include thyroid cancer, mouth cancer, larynx cancer, pharynx cancer, and as well as other tumors affecting the head and neck. The larynx contains the vocal chords and the pharynx is the tube that leads from the mouth to... Read more

Heart Disease Prevention

Approximately 80 million Americans have some form of heart disease. The three risk factors for heart attacks are high cholesterol, high blood pressure and excessive weight. Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers heart and health screenings, risk assessments, and advice to help you prevent... Read more

Heart Disease Risk Assessment

Risk Factors There are several risk factors for heart disease, including: High cholesterol High blood pressure Obesity Smoking Stress Uncontrolled diabetes Physical inactivity Some of these risk factors can be avoided by making a change in lifestyle. For example, if you are a smoker, you can join a... Read more

Heart Hospital

Heart Hospital Located in Southeast Missouri Saint Francis Medical Center’s Heart Hospital in southeast Missouri provides advanced diagnostics, leading-edge cardiac intervention and surgeries, emergency care, cardiac rehabilitation, risk assessments for heart disease, vascular disease screenings and heart education. We're proud of our affiliation with Cleveland Clinic, the... Read more

Heart Valve Center

Exceptional Cardiac Care When it comes to your heart, you deserve the best. With its multidisciplinary team of talented cardiologists, heart surgeons, specialists and dedicated coordinator, the Heart Valve Center at Saint Francis Medical Center, in cooperation with Cleveland Clinic, offers the most advanced treatments for heart... Read more

Home Health

Home Healthcare in Southeast Missouri The Home Health program at Saint Francis Medical Center is staffed by caring, highly skilled therapists, nurses and home health aides. These individuals provide various healthcare services to people confined to their homes in the southeast Missouri region. Depending on the type of illness... Read more


What is a Hospitalist? Hospitalists are doctors who focus on the general medical care of hospitalized patients. At Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, these physicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Hospitalist’s Job Saint Francis’ hospitalist program leads to shorter Medical Center... Read more

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Heals Wounds, Saves Lives

Oxygen. This colorless, odorless, tasteless gas heals wounds, reverses radiation burns and saves lives! Hyperbaric oxygen therapy utilizes this miracle substance to treat serious infections, bubbles of air in blood vessels, and chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcerations, venous leg ulcers, and tissue pressure injuries. "Oxygen... Read more

Immediate Convenient Care / Urgent Care

Urgent Care for Southeast Missouri Immediate Convenient Care extends our urgent care coverage in southeast Missouri. Saint Francis offers this service through the following locations: Cape Girardeau Saint Francis Immediate Convenient Care - Cape Girardeau 1702 N. KingshighwayCape Girardeau, MO 573-339-2000 Hours Monday-Friday: 8 am-7 pmSaturday and Sunday: 8 am-5 pm Dexter Saint Francis... Read more

Incontinence Treatment

Incontinence Statistics & Stigma Most of the estimated 10 to 15 million Americans with urinary incontinence are older women. This disorder affects between 10 and 35 percent of adults over age 50 and half of all nursing home residents, but it can happen at any age. Many... Read more

Inpatient Rehabilitation

State-of-the-Art Rehab Facility in Cape Girardeau As the leading inpatient rehabilitation facility in the region, Saint Francis' state-of-the-art, 23-bed unit offers comprehensive and coordinated programs in one convenient location for patients with cognitive, physical, functional and behavioral deficits. Our program significantly exceeds regional and national outcomes for returning... 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

Labor & Delivery

Early Signs of Labor You may experience some signs to let you know labor is approaching. They may be noticeable several days or even weeks before your due date: Braxton Hicks, or false labor, contractions prepare the uterus for labor and may cause some effacement (thinning) and... Read more

Labor & Lamaze Breathing

Breathing is an unconscious activity that can be deepened and controlled through concentration. Our respiration patterns give us insight into how we are feeling. Notice how your breathing changes when you are tense versus when you are relaxed. Slow, deep breathing produces the best results. You... Read more


Inpatient and Outpatient Laboratories For more than 30 years, Saint Francis Medical Center has offered inpatient and outpatient laboratory services to help diagnose and treat patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our inpatient and outpatient labs in Cape Girardeau combine state-of-the-art technology, veteran medical... 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


The southeast Missouri region’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is located in Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace. The 18-bed Level III NICU is staffed by highly-trained, compassionate caregivers: Board certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists Neonatal nurse practitioners Physical therapists Registered nurses Lactation consultants Respiratory... Read more

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