Our Leadership

Meet our CEO

On staff at St. Bernards Medical Center since 1992, Chris Barber served as administrator of St. Bernards Medical Center before being named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Bernards Healthcare in 2010.

Born at St. Bernards, Barber is board certified in healthcare management and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been active in the Arkansas Hospital Association, the Arkansas Health Executives Forum and the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association. He has been recognized by ACHE as recipient of a Regent’s Senior Level Award.

Barber also has been active in community and civic groups, having served on numerous committees of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as having served as chairman of the Chamber board. He holds degrees in business and public administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Arkansas State University, respectively.

He and his wife, Michelle, have three sons, and they are members of First Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon.



Meet our Hospital Administrator

Michael K. Givens has served in various capacities at St. Bernards since 2001, including chief operating officer of St. Bernards Medical Center, director of patient care financial operation, assistant vice president for patient care services and vice president for patient services. 

As administrator Givens is responsible for planning, organizing and directing operations at the 438-bed acute care medical center which serves as a referral center for a 23-county area in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.

Originally from Northwest Arkansas, he holds degrees in administrative management and business administration and healthcare management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Harding University in Searcy. He is a fellow in ACHE, is a member of the Arkansas Health Executives Forum and serves on the ACHE Arkansas Regent’s Council. He was recognized by ACHE as recipient of a Regent’s Early Career Award.

Givens has been active in the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce, having served as a board member and as a Leadership Link member. He has worked on several chamber committees, has been active in the United Way of Northeast Arkansas and serves on the advisory board of Hispanic Community Services for Northeast Arkansas.

Givens and his wife, Ashleigh, have two sons and are members of Southwest Church of Christ, where he serves as a ministry team leader.