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Getting You Back to Living Life to the Fullest
Rehabilitation services at Saint Francis Medical Center rival those offered elsewhere in the region. As the leading rehabilitation facility between St. Louis and Memphis, Saint Francis offers a complete continuum of care. Comprehensive rehabilitation management includes inpatient and... Read more
The Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center is staffed with the finest physicians and support staff to provide the highest-quality care. Our orthopedic surgeons and orthopedists are certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
The Orthopedic Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center is the region's trusted source in caring for sports injuries, broken bones, torn ligaments/cartilage, total joint replacement and revision surgeries, and other orthopedic conditions. Located in Cape Girardeau, our physicians provide general orthopedics and sports medicine services to... Read more
What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that causes dementia, the degeneration of intellectual functions such as memory. Alzheimer’s and related conditions can have a particularly devastating effect on a person’s quality of life. And though it receives much less attention than other serious... Read more
What is Spasticity?
Spasticity is a condition that affects the muscles. It causes stiffness, restriction of movement, involuntary movements, pain and other abnormalities that reduce functionality. Patients with spasticity often have discomfort, limited movement, and muscle contractures.
What Causes Spasticity?
Muscle movements are normally controlled by a complex system... Read more
What are Spine Disorders?
Spinal disorders are the disturbance of normal functioning of the spinal column and/or spinal cord. Common spine disorders include bulging or ruptured discs, spinal stenosis, and radiculopathy.
We use several technologies to diagnose spine disorders, including:
Electromyogram. Electromyogram is a noninvasive procedure used to detect abnormal... Read more
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the nervous system caused by the decay of dopamine-producing brain cells. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include trembling hands, lack of facial expression and character in speech, as well as slower and more uncoordinated walking.
We use several technologies... Read more
What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disorder in which certain nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord slowly die. The first sign of ALS is often weakness in one leg, one hand, the face, or the... Read more
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
The Stroke Center at Saint Francis Medical Center is prepared to handle any stroke-related emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our stroke team:
Is notified by EMS crews if a potential stroke patient is en routeEvaluates patients within 10 minutes of arrivalPerforms critical imaging... Read more
The Pain Management Center at Saint Francis Medical Center helps people suffering from acute and chronic pain. With a specially trained staff on hand, the Pain Management Center reviews your medical and family health histories, identifies your source of pain, and provides the most effective method... Read more
The Neurosciences Institute at Saint Francis Medical Center is staffed with the finest neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuroradiologists in southeast Missouri to provide the highest-quality care to patients in the region.
The Neurosciences Institute at Saint Francis Healthcare System is the region’s leader in diagnosing, treating and managing injuries and illnesses of the brain, spine and nerves – with some of the top experts in the country. Our highly-skilled specialists provide leading-edge diagnostic imaging and advanced medical,... 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
About our Gastrointestinal Laboratory
The highly specialized technology available in the gastrointestinal laboratory (GI Lab) is helping doctors better diagnose and manage gastrointestinal disease with less-invasive procedures. Scientific breakthroughs like these play a key role in the future-forward approach to inpatient and outpatient GI care at Cape... 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
Saint Francis Medical Center's Heart Hospital in Cape Girardeau offers several procedures and treatments for cardiovascular disease. Our experienced cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and technologists work 24 hours a day to perform bypasses, insert stents and pacemakers, and replace valves. We use the latest... Read more
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