Our History


  • Construction begins on the new surgical/intensive care tower at St. Bernards Medical Center.
  • St. Bernards is named a finalist in Arkansas Business's Best Places to Work in Arkansas for the fifth consecutive year. 


  • Brand new St. Bernards Cancer Center opens, bringing all cancer services under one roof.


  • St. Bernards Villa for Assisted Living and Memory Care opens, and is the only memory care community in the region. 
  • Named a finalist in Arkansas Business's Best Places to Work in Arkansas for the third consecutive year.


  • Partner with Dr. Tommy Wagner in Manila to open St. Bernards Healthcare in Manila (in a portion of the new Wagner Family Clinic in that community)
  • St. Bernards added patient portal.
  • Named a finalist in Arkansas Business's Best Places to Work in Arkansas for the second consecutive year.


  • St. Bernards begins to offer free screenings and education as part of Community Benefit.
  • St. Bernards is listed as the area’s most comprehensive provider of Cardiac Care.
  • Paragould Medical Park opens.
  • St. Bernards, HealthSounth form Joint Venture to provide seamless continuum of care for patients.
  • Becomes official Healthcare Provider of A-State athletics.
  • Named a finalist in Arkansas Business's Best Places to Work in Arkansas.


  • St. Bernards announces a breakthrough cure for one of healthcare’s biggest problems: Valet Parking.
  • The St. Bernards Health & Wellness Institute opens.
  • St. Bernards NICU opens, the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the region.


  • St. Bernards celebrates 110 years of commitment, caring and serving.


  • The Senior Services division explodes with several programs.
  • In collaboration with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS),  the Area Health Education Center-Northeast (AHEC) and the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging in Little Rock, St. Bernards opens the Center on Aging-Northeast to provide resources to senior the adults. In addition, St. Bernards adds specialized services of a new Senior Health Clinic and brings in Jonesboro's first geriatrician.
  • St. Bernards Village opened an expansion in the assisted living quarters of the facility and broke ground for another expansion to the congregate living area.
  • Eight of St. Bernards Senior Life Centers began operation in Craighead and Poinsett counties, serving hot meals on a daily basis and providing activities for area residents.


  • The Chest Pain Center is opened in the Emergency Department.
  • Brachytherapy is offered as a treatment for heart disease at St. Bernards.
  • The R2 Image Checker is introduced into the region for breast cancer detection.
  • The Cancer Treatment Center celebrates 10 years of services.
  • St. Bernards Village plans an expansion to meeting the growing needs of assisted living in the community.


  • St. Bernards DayPlace, a center that provides daylong care for senior adults, opened in January.
  • St. Bernards observes its centennial anniversary by establishing a massive program called Mission: Serve. With assistance from the  Arkansas Army National Guard and the Jonesboro community, physicians from St. Bernards and other providers delivered services delivered more than a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of services to nearly 4,000 underserved individiuals throughout Northeast Arkansa in a field hospital setting at the Craighead County Fairgrounds.


  • The Heartcare Center, a 70,000 square foot facility is opened to house heart services and nuclear medicine in one convenient location. 


  • St. Bernards Village, a unique retirement community, opened enabling residents to lead full, active lives.
  • St. Bernards introduced a mobile mammography unit which travels to 23 counties offering mammograms to groups of women in industry and other locations.


  • St. Bernards acquired St. Bernards Behavioral Health, enabling the offering of behavioral healthcare.
  • A new dialysis and cardiac rehab facility opened.
  • Construction began on the Heartcare Center.
  • St. Bernards added cutting-edge mammography and ultrasound equipment to the Women’s Diagnostic Center allowing for a higher level of confidence in detect breast lesions and possibly reducing the number of breast biopsies by 40%.


  • St. Bernards added a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging System (MRI), which was 10 times faster than the old one and reduced the waiting period for MRI testing to one day.
  • The addition of a new HiSpeed Computer Tomography System (CT/i) gave St. Bernards the most advanced CT diagnostic capabilities in Northeast Arkansas.
  • St. Bernards breaks ground for St. Bernards Village, a new retirement community on a 17-acre site in the center of Jonesboro.


  • St. Bernards Healthcare Associated Regional Providers (SHARP) is established as the first operational Physician-Hospital Organization (PHO) in the state.
  • The Transitional Care Facility is opened.


  • The Center for Pain Management is opened, and program of pre-admission testing begins.


  • The Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and a new multi-level parking deck are completed. The cancer center also houses the Women's Diagnostic Center, the Area Health Education Center-Northeast and the Gastroenterology Laboratory. 


  • Balloon Angioplasty becomes available.
  • Both the new helicopter pad and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit building are completed.


  • The St. Bernards Sleep Disorder Center is opened.


  • A Cardiac Catheterization laboratory is opened at St. Bernards.


  • With the completion of the North Wing for Pediatrics and Medical-Surgical patients, the St. Bernaards bed count rises to 325.


  • A three-floor expansion of the East Wing brings bed capacity to 274.
  • The Intensive Coronary Care addition is completed and Cobalt Therapy, CT Head Scan and Nuclear Cardiology services are added.


  • Both the North Wing & Laundry Building are completed along with a Pediatrics Department, bringing bed capacity to 207.


  • Construction of the East Wing is dedicated, bringing the total bed capacity to 150.


  • The hospital receives accreditation of its school for registered nurses.


  • The first X-ray machine is installed.


  • St. Bernards Hospital, founded by the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters of Holy Angels Convent, accepted its first patient in a six-room structure on East Matthews Avenue.