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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
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.

St. Francis lactation consultant has helped thousands learn to breastfeed
Pregnancy & Parenting Feb 15, 2018

St. Francis lactation consultant has helped thousands learn to breastfeed

She's helped half of Scott County feed their babies. You may have heard this saying about Kris Beuch, RN, Family Birth Place and lactation consultant at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. If you do the math, that estimate may not be far off. Beuch began her career as a registered nurse in St. Francis' labor and delivery unit 43 years ago, and became a breastfeeding advocate soon after.

This Marathon Runner is Back After Spinal Surgery
Surgery Nov 08, 2017

This Marathon Runner is Back After Spinal Surgery

Brett Larson is running marathons again thanks to Dr. Kevin Mullaney and the team at Twin Cities Spine Center.

Labor Pain Is No Laughing Matter...or Is It?
Pregnancy & Parenting Sep 06, 2017

Labor Pain Is No Laughing Matter...or Is It?

There's no denying it—labor and childbirth involve discomfort; and planning how to manage that discomfort is usually top of mind for women during their pregnancy especially as the birth nears. A pain management option that's been absent from the delivery room for several years is now making a successful comeback: nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas.

Online Check-in: Trade the waiting room for the comfort of home
Health & Wellness Aug 08, 2017

Online Check-in: Trade the waiting room for the comfort of home

St. Francis is the first hospital in Minnesota to launch an online check-in system for urgent care and ER patients in an effort to reduce wait times and improve patient satisfaction.