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Restoring Lives through Inpatient Rehabilitation

Life was turned upside down for 37-year-old mother of three Tasha Bollinger of Chaffee when she suffered a stroke on December 28, 2020. The stroke affected not only her movement but also her speech and ability to eat. Tasha was admitted to Inpatient Rehabilitation at Saint... Read more

A Story of Strength, Endurance and Hope

At just five weeks pregnant, young mother Baylee Alsup of Cape Girardeau found a lump in her left breast. Concerned, she brought it to the attention of her obstetrician, Jessica Lemmons, MD, FACOG — and Baylee’s unexpected battle with cancer began. When initially examined, the lump appeared... Read more

Our Mission in Action

When it comes to patient care, our nurses strive to live out our Mission to provide a ministry of healing, wellness, quality and love inspired by our faith in Jesus Christ every day. Jeff Darnell of Advance, Mo. experienced this when he came to Saint Francis... Read more

Volunteering Became a Family Affair

At Saint Francis, we are 'Called to Serve You' — and our auxiliary and volunteers display this daily through their selfless service to our Mission. Edna Ohmart of Cape Girardeau served as a volunteer at Saint Francis Medical Center for nearly thirty years, along with her... Read more

Grassi Family Thankful for the Saint Francis NICU

Saint Francis Healthcare System is proud to provide the region's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU features 18 beds, a variety of advanced medical technology and a staff who works to treat each baby and family with compassion, love and care throughout... Read more

Center for Joint Replacement & Revision Testimonials

Patients of Saint Francis' Center for Joint Replacement & Revision share their experiences in their own words. General CJRR Testimonials Staff recognition: Amy, Ronnie, Morgan RN Very caring and clean place. Got to room fast when I called. Thank you! Staff recognition: Lisa (NA), Amy, Ronnie, Hannah Loved the therapy. Ronnie... Read more

Family Grateful for Hospice Care

Hospice can be a scary word for families when caring for a loved one. However, Hospice services at Saint Francis Healthcare offers ongoing at-home care to patients, their families and so much more. Laverne Kackley suffers from dementia, Parkinson's disease and has had three strokes. Her family... Read more

Cancer Survivor Tony H.

Prostate cancer survivor Tony H. discusses the importance of early cancer detection. Visit for more information about Pink Up!™

Cancer Survivor Robbie T.

Lung cancer survivor Robbie T. encourages smokers to quit now and to pay attention to cues from their bodies. Visit for more information about Pink Up!™

Cancer Survivor Lynda M.

Breast cancer survivor Lynda M. explains the impact of your Pink Up!™ donations and discusses the importance of self-exams. Visit for more information about Pink Up!™

Cancer Survivor JoAnn S.

Rectal cancer survivor JoAnn S. stresses the importance of testing. Visit for more information about Pink Up!™

Jerry Parker Says TAVR Changed His Life

Aortic stenosis, the narrowing of the aortic valve, affects nearly 200,000 Americans each year. This condition obstructs blood flow from the heart and, in severe cases, requires surgery to replace the valve. Steven J. Joggerst, MD is a board-certified physician at Saint Francis Heart and Valve Center... Read more

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