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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.

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.