SoutheastHEALTH added a new robotic surgical system to their Urology field. They’re the first hospital in the region to implement the Da Vinci Xi Surgical System. It’s the third and newest generation of its kind by Intuitive Surgical. This is also the second Da Vinci Xi system in Missouri to be used in a community-based hospital setting.


The Da Vinci Xi performs minimally invasive surgical procedures, resulting in less need for pain medication, fewer complications, smaller incisions, and a faster recovery time for patients.

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Last year, SoutheastHEALTH Ambassadors, a volunteer board for the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation, collaborated with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department to raise money for heart health awareness. They covered the cost of scales and pedometers for heart patients last year through Southeast Hospital’s Heartstrong Fund.

This year, they raised money to distribute 10 automated external defibrillators and CPR kits to non-profits.

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SoutheastHEALTH has announced a new partnership with the division of cardiothoracic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. At a press conference Thursday,  SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman said with the changes in healthcare, joint collaborations amongst health care organizations are needed.


Incoming college students need to be prepared to take care of their own medical needs before they come to school. That’s according to Cheri Huckstep Reed, a family nurse practitioner at Southeast Missouri State University’s campus health clinic.

Students should bring multiple copies of their insurance cards, and a complete list of allergies and medications. They also need need to have an updated list of all their immunizations.

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Missouri hospitals swallowed $1.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2011. That’s according to figures released Thursday by the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA).

Hospitals provided over $622 million in charity care, an increase of 22% over the previous year. The rest of the uncompensated care comes from bad debt.

Approximately 800,000 Missourians do not have insurance, according to MHA spokesperson Dave Dillon. He says a proposed Medicaid expansion would reduce that number by 200,000 or 300,000 individuals.