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St. Francis Spotlight:  Athletic Trainers

St. Francis Spotlight:  Athletic Trainers

Keeping an athlete healthy and playing the game they love is not only important to players and their families, its central to the daily work of athletic trainers from St. Francis Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

Two local high schools work with dedicated athletic trainers from St. Francis Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine for their practices and events. Ashley Qualley, MS, LAT, ATC, is the athletic trainer at Shakopee High School and Kristie Heger, LAT, ATC, is the athletic trainer at Jordan High School. Both have a passion for keeping kids in the game by treating and preventing injuries.

March is National Athletic Training Month and a time to spread awareness around the important work athletic trainers do each day. To provide insight and share their experiences, Kristie and Ashley answer questions about their roles, describe their typical day, and explain what they like most about working with student athletes.

Post-stroke acupuncture care at St. Francis provides a multi-level healing journey
  • Written by: Dayna Stroik

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

After experiencing a stroke affecting her right side in December 2019, St. Francis patient 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.

5 things to consider before reconstructive or plastic surgery

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.

A Walk with a Friend and Stage 4 Cancer

A Walk with a Friend and Stage 4 Cancer

St. Francis makes it our number one priority to provide the highest quality care and healing experience that we would expect for ourselves and our families.

St. Francis Spotlight: Concussion Therapy

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.

Safe care at St. Francis

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

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 can I help St. Francis?
  • Written by: Dayna Stroik

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!

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

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!

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

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?'"