- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)14
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
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.