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How to dance your way to better health
Health & Wellness Nov 11, 2019

How to dance your way to better health

Everyone needs exercise in one way, shape or form. But, for those who don't like going to the gym, it can be hard to come up with enjoyable alternatives. When Jennifer White, MD, meets patients who need ideas, or are stuck in an exercise rut, she recommends her exercise of choice - dance. Read more about how dancing can help you lose weight, maintain strong bones, improve your balance and coordination, boost mood and reduce stress.

5 things to consider before reconstructive or plastic surgery
Healing & Treatments Oct 29, 2019

5 things to consider before reconstructive or plastic surgery

St. Francis and Allina Health board-certified plastic surgeon, Mahsa Moghaddam Smoot, MD, addresses five things to consider if you are thinking about having a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure.

Sage advice: Get screened for colorectal cancer
Healing & Treatments Sep 25, 2019

Sage advice: Get screened for colorectal cancer

Last year, the American Cancer Society (ACS) updated its guidelines for colorectal cancer screening. Through studying recent trends in cancer rates, the ACS learned that colorectal cancer is being found in younger and younger patients. Now, the ACS recommends colorectal cancer screening for an average-risk person take place every 10 years, beginning at age 45, rather than the previous age of 50.

St. Francis Spotlight: Aquatic Therapy
Healing & Treatments Aug 15, 2019

St. Francis Spotlight: Aquatic Therapy

St. Francis Rehabilitation & Sports medicine is equipped with a private, state-of-the-art therapeutic pool for adults in the 1601 medical office building on the St. Francis campus, and uses the pool at the Chaska Community Center for children’s aquatic therapy via St. Francis Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy.

St. Francis Spotlight
St. Francis Employees Jun 12, 2019

St. Francis Spotlight: Meet Munira

Meet Munira, a respiratory therapist in the pulmonary rehabilitation department at St. Francis. As a St. Francis employee for three years, Munira reflects on her role at the hospital and what she enjoys most.

St. Francis Spotlight
St. Francis Employees May 08, 2019

St. Francis Spotlight: Meet Smita

Meet Smita, a medical lab scientist in the lab at St. Francis. As a St. Francis employee for 16 years, Smita reflects on her role at the hospital, and what she enjoys most.

St. Francis Cancer Center/Patient Dick Rickaby
Patient Experiences Mar 27, 2019

St. Francis Cancer Center: Clinical trial involvement triples, benefitting local residents

In recent years, there has been an extraordinary effort to increase the number of St. Francis patients given the opportunity to participate in clinical research studies. Enrollment numbers for 2018 saw a remarkable increase from 2017, due to Cancer Center physician, Ayse Malcolm, MD, clinical research nurse, Deb Sisler, RN, and an increase in the availability of eligible studies. Nationwide, many patients with cancer benefit dramatically from today’s cutting-edge oncology research, including Chaska resident and St. Francis Cancer Center patient, Dick Rickaby.

How to prepare for successful breastfeeding
Pregnancy & Parenting Feb 12, 2019

How to prepare for successful breastfeeding

The breastfeeding journey can be both gratifying and overwhelming. Many women prepare for breastfeeding, but they may experience unexpected challenges once their newborn enters the world. Thankfully, there are many resources at St. Francis and within our community to support women with breastfeeding. Krista Kranz, an Allina Health Certified Nurse Midwife and Lactation Consultant at St. Francis, shares tips to help prepare you for a more successful breastfeeding experience.

St. Francis pulmonary rehabilitation breathes new life into patient
Patient Experiences Oct 05, 2018

St. Francis pulmonary rehabilitation breathes new life into patient

"I don't know if it was divine intervention, or what have you, but I can't explain how thankful I am that they called me," recalls Dale Larson, 75, of a rescheduled appointment that likely helped save his life...

Superheroes in Scrubs: Luke Healy, MD, flies to Zimbabwe for fifth mission with Operation of Hope
St. Francis Employees Jul 27, 2018

Superheroes in Scrubs: Luke Healy, MD volunteers in Zimbabwe for fifth mission with Operation of Hope

In May, St. Francis Emergency Department doctor, Luke Healy boarded a flight for a six-day volunteer trip to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, alongside doctors and nurses from across the United States and Canada, with a single shared mission: Operation of Hope, a non-profit organization that works with health care providers around the world to perform life-changing surgeries in developing countries. Operation of Hope's surgeons volunteer to perform reconstructive surgery free of charge to children with congenital or acquired facial deformities or injuries, and to burn victims of all ages.