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Toy Tips
Pregnancy & Parenting Nov 29, 2021

Toy tips: Inspire imagination with open-ended and simple toys

With the holidays around the corner and a multitude of toys to choose from, it can be hard to find the right gifts for the little ones in your life.

Michelle Laurent, SLP, a speech language therapist at St. Francis Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy, has tips to help you inspire your little one to turn off the electronics and plug into their imagination, because imagination is where the magic of learning happens!

Post-stroke acupuncture care at St. Francis provides a multi-level healing journey
Healing & Treatments Nov 15, 2021

Post-stroke acupuncture care at St. Francis provides a multi-level healing journey

After experiencing a stroke affecting her right side in December 2019, Waconia resident Debbie Z. began her healing journey through rehabilitation and occupational therapy. To build upon her recovery efforts, she decided to add acupuncture to her care routine.

Debbie began post-stroke acupuncture visits with Kristianne Schultz, licensed acupuncturist and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioner at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, in early 2020. Using general acupuncture techniques and a special acupuncture technique called Xing Nao Kai Qiao, Kristianne began to treat Debbie’s symptoms once a week.

Backpack Tips
Health & Wellness Oct 21, 2021

Back to school backpack safety tips

Kids may enjoy being back on campus, but carrying books from class to class can be a pain in the back!

Learn how following a few simple backpack guidelines can help your child avoid back pain, with tips from an expert at St. Francis Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy.

Safe care at St. Francis
Health & Wellness Jun 11, 2020

Safe care at St. Francis

With the COVID-19 pandemic extending through 2020, we're committed to caring for our community. St. Francis has taken multiple precautions to ensure your safety, while providing you with quality care, close to home. Read more to learn how St. Francis is keeping you safe in our facilities.

A message to our community
In the Community Jun 03, 2020

A message to our community

As we reflect on the senseless death of George Floyd and the events that have unfolded in the Twin Cities and the surrounding communities over the past week, we know that it’s critical to stand up as allies for all people in our diverse communities – in Scott County and metro-wide. We reject all forms of discrimination, as well as the historical and recent injustices that have been experienced in Minnesota and throughout the United States.

how to help
In the Community Apr 22, 2020

How can I help St. Francis?

Thank you for your interest in helping St. Francis Regional Medical Center and our staff during this time. St. Francis is calling on community members and businesses for donations of various items to help meet ongoing health care needs and conserve existing personal protective equipment (PPE) for providers who are engaged in the coronavirus response. We’re also calling on our community members to help slow the spread of COVID-19, show their support to our staff with notes and social media, contribute to the Caring for Caregivers fund and donate blood for the metro area blood banks, among other things. Read more for details on how you can help!

Health & Wellness Apr 03, 2020

Tips to keep you and your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

Feeling sick and not sure what to do next? Jan Ruhland, St. Francis infection prevention lead and registered nurse shares helpful tips to keep you and your family safe!

Home Isolation
Healing & Treatments Mar 30, 2020

What exactly does it mean to practice "home isolation" during the COVID-19 pandemic?

"I imagine many people in our community are in this situation right now," says Monte Johnson, MD, vice president of medical affairs at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. "They're not feeling well, maybe they're concerned it's COVID-19. They talk to the doctor only to find out that they can't be tested for the coronavirus, so they're thinking, 'Now what?'"

St. Francis Spotlight: Concussion Therapy
Healing & Treatments Mar 12, 2020

St. Francis Spotlight: Concussion Therapy

Whether it's a fall, a motor vehicle accident or a sports injury, head trauma and concussions are becoming more numerous. The symptoms that follow a concussion can create problems for a person trying to complete daily tasks. St. Francis Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine has a team of specialists trained in concussion therapy to help those struggling with concussion symptoms.

5 tips to fend off the flu
Health & Wellness Dec 17, 2019

5 tips to fend off the flu

As flu season ramps up, Julie Critzer, patient care manager of St. Francis’ Southbridge Urgent Care and St. Francis Express Care locations, offers five helpful reminders to protect you and your loved ones from the flu.