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St. Bernards Medical Center is the healthcare destination for families in Jonesboro and the surrounding areas. Today, St. Bernards Medical Center is a major referral hospital offering advanced technology and medical services across four centers of excellence:Heart Care,Cancer Treatment, Women's and Children's Services, and Senior Services. St. Bernards invests significant resources to bring advanced services, treatments and surgery techniques to our local patients.
NOTICE REGARDING ADVENT HEALTH PARTNERS, INC. HIPAA BREACH
Advent Health Partners, Inc. (AHP) is a business associate of St. Bernards Medical Center that provides insurance appeal services. Advent Health Partners identified unusual activity on employee email accounts on or around September 2, 2021. Upon discovering the activity, Advent Health Partners immediately took steps to secure email, initiated password resets, and commenced an investigation that included working with leading forensic specialists to determine the nature and scope of the event. Their internal investigation into the compromised accounts determined that one email account contained sensitive information.After a thorough review of the available evidence, the investigation identified that the email account was improperly accessed by an unknown person between July 14, 2021 and August 27, 2021. St. Bernards was notified by Advent Health Partners of this breach on December 9, 2021 and that certain patients may have been affected.
In early February 2022, Advent Health Partners mailed HIPAA breach notification letters on behalf of St. Bernards Medical Center (to the affected patients for which we had a current address) explaining the breach and offering identity theft protection services. To inquire if you were affected by this or for further information, please call the St. Bernards Healthcare Compliance Hotline toll-free at 1-800-346-0192
The Start of Something New
The first hospital in the northeast quadrant of Arkansas opened, taking its first patients on July 5, 1900.
That hospital – named St. Bernards in honor of St. Bernard Tolomei, founder of Olivetan Benedictines – was a beacon of hope for the region which had been hard hit by a malarial fever epidemic.
St. Bernards was born out of community need and was an undertaking of the Olivetan Benedictine sisters of Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro. At the urging of local physicians, the sisters – who came here to fulfill a mission of teaching – stepped up to meet an overwhelming need to help the sick. With assistance of community leaders, they were able to raise funds to purchase a two-story frame house on Matthews in the same area where St. Bernards Medical Center is located today. The sisters scrubbed, varnished and transformed the six-room house into a hospital.
Within a week of its opening, most of the beds at St. Bernards were occupied by malaria patients.
The sisters prepared food from their garden in the convent kitchen and did laundry at the convent, using tubs, washboards and homemade soap. Initially, local physicians instructed the sisters on medical techniques.
From those humble beginnings, St. Bernards has become a 440-bed regional referral center for a 23-county area in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. It has the largest medical staff in the region and is the only designated Level III Trauma Center in this part of the state. Offering comprehensive, compassionate care, it has the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in eastern Arkansas.