At the Saint Francis Medical Center Family BirthPlace, we believe that offering the right care begins with the right information. We are here to help you through the entire process, from pregnancy to childbirth, to make sure you and your baby are healthy and safe.
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The Level III NICU at Saint Francis Medical Center offers leading-edge treatments for various disorders related to premature infants and newborns, including:
A period of 15–20 seconds when your baby doesn’t breathe, usually related to prematurity.
A condition present at birth resulting in an abnormal structure, function... Read more
Leading-Edge Infant Care in Cape Girardeau
Caring for premature infants and newborns in a state-of-the-art facility, the highly trained staff in the Level III NICU at Saint Francis Medical Center provides advanced treatments and procedures, including:
Drugs used to treat a suspected or identified bacterial infection. Most common... Read more
The healthcare you receive during pregnancy is important for the overall well-being of you and your baby. Expecting mothers who follow prenatal care guidelines supplied by their healthcare providers often deliver healthier babies. Some guidelines for prenatal care:
Schedule an appointment with your obstetrician/gynecologist for an... Read more
What is primary care?
Primary care is the care a patient receives at his or her first contact with the healthcare system, as well as the continuing, comprehensive, and preventive care a patient and/or family receives over time. This type of care is not limited to age,... Read more
Prostate Cancer Facts
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some time in their lives. Prostate cancer is an uncontrolled malignant growth of cells in the prostate gland. This gland helps control urination and... Read more
Psychology Services in Southeast Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky
When behaviors and emotions compromise medical conditions, a psychologist can offer alternative treatments and solutions to help improve your quality of life. Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers a full range of psychology and neuropsychology services to... Read more
State-of-the-Art Radiology Services in Cape Girardeau
Saint Francis Medical Center's Radiology Department offers comprehensive diagnostic services and advanced technology for patients. Staffed by board certified radiologists who have received additional training in specialty areas such as CT, MRI and PET/CT, the Radiology Department also includes an expert... Read more
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
Housewide Quality Respiratory Care
For nine consecutive years the Respiratory Care Department at Saint Francis Medical Center has received the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award from the American Association for Respiratory Care for providing quality respiratory care services to their patients and their community.
All of our respiratory... Read more
Knowing how to comfort mom during labor can help her, and you will feel like an active participant in the birth. Below are a few tips to help you perform the role of labor coach:
Be calm and confident.
Know what to expect physically and emotionally... Read more
In this procedure, a small portion of the stomach is sewn or stapled together to make a small pouch (roughly the size of an egg) to limit food intake
It also bypasses part of the intestines to reduce calorie absorption
Expected Outcomes / Benefits:
Intestines are... Read more
What is the sacroiliac joint (SI Joint)?
The sacroiliac, or SI, joints are joints between the pelvic bones and the base of the spine, or sacrum. They are located in the lower back on each side where most people have a dimple in the skin. Unlike 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
Comprehensive Sleep Studies in Cape Girardeau
The Sleep Disorders Center at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau is a six-bed facility with state-of-the-art equipment and private restrooms, providing comprehensive sleep studies to the southeast Missouri region. Staffed by technicians who are credentialed by the Board of... Read more
In this procedure, a thin, vertical sleeve of stomach is created and the rest of the stomach is removed
The amount of food patients can eat is limited, helping them feel full sooner
Expected Outcomes / Benefits:
Part of the stomach is removed but there is... Read more
Support for Individuals and Families
Social Services at Saint Francis Medical Center works closely with patients and their family members to improve their overall well-being. Highly trained personnel from Social Services are a resource to patients for various needs, including:
Counseling from therapistsEducationAdvocacyDischarge planningSupport groupsFinancial services referrals for... 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