Health Services

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

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

Jenny Nelson Loses 165 Pounds with the Help of Fitness Plus

Jenny Nelson, 48, loves to exercise, and it shows. Since resolving to make the most of her Fitness Plus membership about a year ago, she has lost 165 pounds through spinning, swimming and running nearly every day. She wasn't always so dedicated, however. "For about five years,... 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

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

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Facts Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States. Smoking is the cause of 90 percent of all cases. Because lung cancer goes undiagnosed until later stages, prevention or early diagnosis is the key. Prevention The best way... Read more

Medical Alarms & Tele-Care

Medical Alarms Available through Around the Clock, a medical alarm is an affordable, personal emergency response system provided as a service to patients and families: Elderly residents living alone Persons of any age who are disabled Patients recovering from surgery or who face a lengthy recuperation period... 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 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

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