SoutheastHEALTH Firsts

From pioneering technological advancements to launching state-of-the-art surgical systems, being first is something SoutheastHEALTH knows a lot about.

Pathology & Immunology Collaboration

At SoutheastHEALTH, we know getting the right diagnosis the first time is critical because the sooner correct treatment begins the better chances are for a successful outcome. This is why we embarked upon an academic collaboration with the Department of Pathology & Immunology at the world-renowned Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis – a first for us and a first for any healthcare provider in this region. Under this agreement, we will together create opportunities for young physicians and improve health care for patients throughout the area. With access to 40 Pathologists, in over 20 subspecialties and real-time case review of lab work via the latest in digital pathology technology, this collaboration ensures patients receive the right diagnosis, the first time and every time. Learn more about this collaboration and our Lab Services at

Coming Together is What Sets Us Apart

Pathology news

Affiliation consists of:

  • 2 onsite pathologists, including Medical Director of Pathology, Dr. George R. Wettach, providing 24/7 access
  • Education, training and emerging technologies
  • Access to clinical trials
  • Quality assurance
  • Faculty of 40 Pathologists in over 20 subspecialties including clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, transfusion medicine and microbiology
  • Real-time case review via digital pathology

Mazor X Robotic Surgical System

Southeast Hospital has continued its commitment to pioneering the best in minimally-invasive robotic surgery with the addition of the Mazor XTM surgical assurance platform to its highly recognized spinal surgery program.

Southeast is the first hospital in Missouri with Mazor X technology. The Mazor X system combines unprecedented pre-operative planning tools and analytics with unparalleled intra-operative guidance, giving patients the most advanced spinal surgery options available.

Mazor X spinal instrumentation can be used for:

  • Cervical, thoracic or lumbar fusion
  • SI joint fusion
  • Treatment of tumors, traumatic fractures or degenerative spinal disorders

Benefits of this minimally-invasive procedure include:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller incisions
  • Shorter hospitalizations
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Reduction in radiation exposure during surgery

da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System

The da Vinci Xi technology, only available at SoutheastHEALTH, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing patients the finest technology for improved patient outcomes, right here in Cape Girardeau.
  • First community hospital in Missouri to introduce da Vinci robotic technology to the region
  • Urologist Gregg Hallman, MD, was the first surgeon to utilize the first da Vinci® surgical system and da Vinci Xi®
  • First community hospital in the region to adopt the new da Vinci Xi technology

The new system has far broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci system. It can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex, multi-quadrant surgeries.

For our surgeons this means:

  • Enhanced imaging
  • Greater surgery site access for optimizing complete procedures
  • Improved instrument dexterity

For our patients this means:

  • Minimal scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospitalization
  • Quicker recovery

Heart Care Collaboration

SoutheastHEALTH continues to develop collaboration opportunities with Washington University School of Medicine. In addition to education sessions for our physicians and staff, Washington University has established the area's first Advanced Heart Failure Surgery Clinic at SoutheastHEALTH. This clinic is designed for severe heart failure patients that perhaps are on a heart pump or awaiting a heart transplant. The clinic is staffed by Washington University physicians and affords patients in Southeast Missouri the opportunity to not have to travel to St. Louis yet still be seen by a Washington University physician in Cape Girardeau.

Coming Together is What Sets Us Apart

Affiliation consists of:

  • Education, Training and Emerging Technologies
  • Quality Assurance
  • Physician Recruitment
  • Practice Coverage
  • Faculty consists of 38 surgeons and researchers
  • Washington University School of Medicine Surgical Residency Ranks in Top 5 Nationally
  • Partnering with Cardiothoracic Surgical Division
  • Areas of Special Emphasis
    • Cardiac Surgery
    • General Thoracic Surgery
    • Congenital Surgery
    • Cardiothoracic ICU