Saint Francis announces partnership to improve cardiac care


Web Editor - Nick Miller

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Saint Francis Medical Center announced a new affiliation today with Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, which will offer patients in the region access to even better cardiac care.

Cleveland Clinic began a six-month review of every element of the cardiology and cardiovascular surgery at Saint Francis back in January 2013. At the conclusion of the review, representatives of the clinic provided a report with a plan on further development and enhancement of the cardiac services at Saint Francis.

"Our ultimate goal is to improve patient outcomes," cardiothoracic surgeon Edward Bender said. "Our Heart Hospital has a reputation as a top-notch institution. Now, we have access tot he most groundbreaking treatments and practices in the country."

This new affiliation means that physicians and medical professionals will travel from Cleveland Clinic to Saint Francis to collaborate with physicians and surgeons on improving care, quality and outcomes.

“When we see patients, we will have even more experts weighing in on the best treatments for each particular case,” added Bender. “In some situations, access to the latest protocols could save our patients’ lives.”

With 50 private rooms, Saint Francis’ nationally-recognized Heart Hospital provides a full range of cardiac care from a highly-skilled team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. Staff members provide a full suite of cardiovascular care with advanced diagnostics, leading-edge cardiac interventions and surgeries, risk assessments and rehabilitation.