- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
With more than 300 doctors, nearly 1,200 registered nurses and hundreds of other medical professionals, Cape Girardeau's health-care industry is a driving force in the local economy.
The two major hospitals, Saint Francis Medical Center and Southeast Missouri Hospital, have annual payrolls of more than $170 million.
Doctors' offices add another $84 million in payroll to Cape Girardeau's economy.
Each hospital has more than 2,000 employees. Both hospitals have extensive capital programs adding new facilities and new equipment. Some of the specialties practiced by physicians in Cape Girardeau are the envy of cities with much larger populations.
Cape Girardeau's economy tends to be more resilient to up-and-down swings of regional and national trends. That stability is, in turn, attractive to businesses and industries.
Health care in Cape Girardeau -- along with Southeast Missouri State University, major industries, school systems and hundreds of successful businesses -- makes the city a major hub for approximately 400,000 residents in the region. That's an enviable position for any town of any size.