Testimonials

A Chance at New Life

At Saint Francis Heart Hospital, your heart is our calling. Althea Miller of Cape Girardeau experienced this personalized care when she began seeing H. William Stites III, MD, FACC, electrophysiologist at Cape Cardiology Group, a Saint Francis Medical Partner, following the onset of heart palpitations...

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...

An Unexpected Battle with COVID-19

Will Rhodes With unknown underlying medical conditions, 43-year-old father and fiancé Will Rhodes of Jackson found his life taking a drastic turn after contracting COVID-19 in February 2021. Finding himself in the hospital for over a month, his story is a true testament to what one...

Anderson’s Journey with Inpatient Rehabilitation

With the beginning of each new year comes new challenges, opportunities and journeys. Jayne Anderson of Farmington, MO, began 2022 embarking on a journey of healing, rehabilitation and defying many odds with her strength and positive spirit following a massive stroke. On January 4, Anderson was...

Calvin’s Story: Saving His Heart

In the mornings, Calvin Box is a medical courier. Afternoons, he's a janitor for a nearby public school district. And in his spare time – which he insists he does have – he's a private detective. If it sounds like too busy a schedule for a...

Cancer Survivor JoAnn S.

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

Cancer Survivor Tony H.

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

Cardiac Patient Jack Essner

Jack Essner was in the prime of his life when he almost lost it. It was August 8, 2016, a hot summer day before his senior year of high school. Essner recalled getting halfway through a three-mile run during soccer practice. The next thing he remembers...

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....

Daughter Thankful for Hospice Care During Father’s Last Days

Julie Baker Caplan is very thankful for the help she and her father received from Saint Francis Hospice during her father's last days. Richard Baker, 88, had heart problems and declining health so Julie decided to bring her father from his assisted living facility to...

Dr. Graham and the Angels of Inpatient Rehab

Keith Graham, MD, D-ABSM, pulmonologist at Cape Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, recounts his experience with Saint Francis Inpatient Rehabilitation. "When one thinks of an angel, often slight & unassuming angels come to mind. They fly blissfully through the sky, strumming their harps or playing their horns....

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 System 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....

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...

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...

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...

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...