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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.
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.