Health Services

ALS Clinic

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

Alzheimer’s Disease

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

Are You a Candidate?

Weight loss surgery isn’t for everyone. It is a last resort for healthy, emotionally well adults who have tried and failed to lose weight — and have a body mass index (BMI) above 35, which usually indicates extreme obesity. Patients who elect to have bariatric surgery also must... Read more

Baby Boxinette Program

What is a Baby Boxinette? A Boxinette is a tested and safety-certified enclosure which provides a safe sleep space for infants, discouraging co-sleeping (babies and parents sleeping together in the same bed). Saint Francis Healthcare partnered with the Missouri Foundation for Health to initiate the program. Currently, Saint... Read more

Center for Joint Replacement & Revision

About the Center for Joint Replacement & Revision If painful hips and knees are limiting your mobility and quality of life, joint replacement could be the answer. At the nationally recognized Center for Joint Replacement & Revision at Saint Francis Medical Center in southeast Missouri, an extraordinary... Read more

Center for Joint Replacement & Revision Testimonials

Learn about patient experiences in their own words: 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 was great. Amy was so upbeat. From beginning to end, everyone was... Read more

Chadd and Tamara

Tamara and Chadd chose The Healthy Weigh program when they decided to embark on a new, healthy lifestyle. Tamara underwent treatment for breast cancer, which left her feeling unhealthy and helpless. Chadd decided to join, not only to support her, but to increase his own health... Read more

Concussion Clinic

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

Critical Care Center

The Critical Care Center in Cape Girardeau The Critical Care Center at Saint Francis Medical Center is a state-of-the-art unit equipped with the latest medical technology and is staffed by highly trained medical professionals who specialize in caring for critically ill patients. The Critical Care Center houses... Read more

CyberKnife® System

Doctors at Saint Francis Healthcare now treat cancer patients using the first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the head, spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. The CyberKnife® System is a non-surgical, pain-free treatment option... Read more

Diabetes Education

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a condition in which the body needs help turning food into energy. People with diabetes are unable to produce or use insulin, which helps cells process glucose in the body. Without adequate and efficient insulin, those sugars remain in the bloodstream, raising... Read more

Digital Mammography Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Digital Mammogram?Why should I get a mammogram?Why do you need my previous mammogram?What can I expect during a mammogram?How do I prepare for my exam?Will my mammogram be painful?How do I obtain my results? What is a Digital Mammogram? A digital mammogram is a low-dose... Read more

Donna Ozark and The Healthy Weigh

Donna Ozark of Perryville, Mo., joined The Healthy Weigh in December of 2016! In just 10 months, she lost 118 pounds and is now maintaining her weight loss. "I was miserable about my size and worried about my health before I joined The Healthy Weigh," recalls Ozark.... Read more

Family BirthPlace

Saint Francis Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Family BirthPlace was designed around the needs and desires of expectant moms. Family BirthPlace is home to the region’s first labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum (LDRP) suites and incorporates an array of beneficial features to make childbirth a more warm, relaxing, comfortable experience for mothers and... Read more


I am considering weight-loss surgery. How do I know if I qualify? This option is for people who have a BMI of 35 or higher and have tried many diets and exercise programs. If you are interested in surgery, the next step is to attend an informational... Read more

Fitness Plus

Award-Winning Fitness Center in Southeast Missouri Fitness Plus at Saint Francis is one of the nation’s top facilities for fitness, wellness, nutrition and rehabilitation. Learn healthy eating habits, experience yoga and massage, firm up, get in shape, make friends and lose weight with our programs. Fitness Plus has... Read more

Fitness Plus

Fitness Plus is the cornerstone of Saint Francis Medical Center’s Health and Wellness Center, a medically integrated facility combining fitness, wellness and rehabilitation in one convenient location. Members have access to highly trained staff, the most up-to-date fitness equipment and classes, an aquatics area with four... Read more

Frequently Asked Rehabilitation Questions

How does an individual qualify for rehabilitation? Acute rehabilitation requires that patients be able to tolerate three hours of therapy per day. This includes at least two different specialties – physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. Patients must have a community discharge plan and be considered likely to... Read more

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