Health Services

Family BirthPlace Physicians

Experience You Can Trust Working together, the Family BirthPlace’s skilled experts meet the total needs of mothers, babies, and families. Our highly experienced staff includes obstetricians/gynecologists, neonatologists, perinatologists, family practitioners, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, and other specialists who are familiar with the latest technologies and techniques... Read more

Family Birthplace Safety & Security

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

Family Birthplace Visiting Guidelines

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. All... Read more


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

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

Fitness Plus

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

Frequently Asked Rehabilitation Questions

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

Gastroenterology Medical Partners

Gastroenterology Care in Cape Girardeau Our Gastroenterology Medical Partners, having access to the Saint Francis Gastroenterology Lab, offer both inpatient and outpatient care to patients in the southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, and western Kentucky regions and diagnose, manage and treat a variety of disorders.

Gastroenterology Services

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

General Radiology Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

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

Gynecological Services

Saint Francis Gynecology The specialists and surgeons at Saint Francis offer years of experience in caring for patients with the most complex gynecologic conditions. Using advanced techniques, surgeons can diagnose or treat patients, often using minimally invasive surgery techniques that do not require a major incision. Saint... 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

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: Thursday, March 5: "Simple Steps for a... 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

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