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Saint Francis opens new Jackson clinic

Dr. Laura Glueck and Dr. Jenny Eichhorn snip the ribbon during a ceremony at Saint Francis Clinic Jackson Thursday afternoon, surrounded by other Saint Francis employees, businesses involved in the construction project and members of the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Gregory Dullum

Jackson residents now have a new state-of-the-art primary and urgent care facility.

Saint Francis Clinic Jackson, 2130 E. Jackson Boulevard, opened at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9.

A blessing of the building and ribbon cutting ceremony were held Thursday afternoon.

The new clinic brings all Saint Francis primary and urgent care services in Jackson under one roof. The facility is staffed by two physicians (Jenny Eichhorn, MD, and Laura Glueck, DO), one primary care nurse practitioner and four urgent care nurse practitioners.

They offer primary care, counseling services, on-site lab and imaging and extended urgent care hours on nights and weekends. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The $7.5 million, 23,000- square-foot new construction was one of the area’s largest projects undertaken during the height of the pandemic.

Only the first floor of the facility is currently being used. “The second floor is open for expansion,” explained Eichhorn as she offered a tour following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. She looked forward to Monday’s opening. “We’re excited to start using it.”

The Jackson clinic is one of several expansions that Saint Francis Healthcare System is making across Southeast Missouri. Other expansions are in Sikeston, Charleston, East Prairie, Scott City, Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff.

“We are excited to grow throughout the region and provide enhanced services for the communities we are privileged to serve,” says Maryann Reese, president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis. “There has been a shift away from hospital-based care, with a greater emphasis on prevention and treatment in an outpatient, ambulatory clinic setting. With these new service offerings, Saint Francis will continue the Mission and ministry begun nearly 150 years ago to improve the health and well-being of Southeast Missouri for years to come.”

Saint Francis plans to expand primary and urgent care services with major building projects at the Ferguson Medical Group clinics in Charleston, East Prairie and Scott City, and at Cape Primary Care and Immediate Convenient Care in Cape Girardeau.

These projects will create jobs and expand healthcare services to more residents across Southeast Missouri.

“As the leading regional care provider, it is our responsibility to make a positive economic impact on the region. Utilizing local resources, these projects will promote growth for Southeast Missouri beyond the wellness Saint Francis provides its patients,” says Dr. Reese.

Last week, Saint Francis closed on an 18-acre land purchase between Highway H and I-55 at Exit 67, behind the Drury Inn and Suites in Sikeston. Construction of a new facility will begin later this year. When it opens in 2023, all services at Ferguson Medical Group in Sikeston will move to the new facility.

“Our goal is to provide exceptional care to our patients,” says Jason Bandermann, MBA, vice president of Saint Francis Medical Partner Operations – Northeast. “Primary and urgent care services are essential for keeping patients out of the hospital and keeping their costs low. These new facilities will provide patients a spacious, state-of-the-art care experience, all in the comfort of their home community.”

Saint Francis has expanded services and renamed its facility in Poplar Bluff. Located at 225 Physicians Park Dr., Saint Francis Medical Center Poplar Bluff houses an ambulatory surgery center, primary and specialty care, high-acuity urgent care with extended hours and on-site ancillary services such as lab, imaging and pharmacy. Saint Francis Medical Center Poplar Bluff also provides counseling, audiology and physical therapy services.

“In Poplar Bluff, our services are unparalleled in the community, and our physicians are known and trusted, sometimes for generations,” says Christy Shawan, vice president of Saint Francis Medical Partner Operations – Southwest. “By providing comprehensive services in one location, Poplar Bluff and the surrounding communities benefit from the high-quality and patient-centered care Saint Francis Healthcare System offers across our region.”

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Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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