New Start


Exciting things are happening at St. Bernards!

St. Bernards Medical Center is undertaking a $137.5 million development that includes:

  • Changes and additions to the St. Bernards Cancer and Heartcare Centers
  • Construction of a new surgical and intensive care tower
  • New emergency department configuration with access from Church Street
  • Renovation and refurbishing of the present medical center structure



The all-new St. Bernards Cancer Center opened in 2016. The addition brought all aspects of St. Bernards cancer service together in a single facility. This new location on the main campus also provides space for future growth.

This addition includes a covered patient drop off on Jackson Avenue, a beautiful atrium and enhanced patient experience spaces.



Completed in March 2018, Phase 2 includes these changes at the Heartcare Center:

  • Expansion of invasive services
  • Addition of a new electrophysiology lab
  • Addition of a new hybrid lab
  • Renovation of current cardiac catheterization labs

The first floor of the Heartcare Center is used for non-invasive cardiac procedures. The second floor houses all invasive services, including a total of six cath and EP labs. The third floor serves as a 30-unit patient prep and recovery area, complete with a family waiting area. To learn more about the recent Heartcare Center opening, visit the St. Bernards Newsroom.



Currently underway, Phase 3 - a surgical and intensive care tower - will give St. Bernards a new “front door."

Visitors and patients to the new 245,000-square-foot tower will enter a beautiful ground-level atrium with access to visitor-friendly amenities such as a coffee shop, education rooms, a chapel, improved wayfinding and support services for surgery and critical care areas.

The tower will feature four stories and will serve as the hub of all surgical and intensive care services for the hospital. When construction is complete in December 2019, visitors will enter a new front entrance to the campus.

The entry level will feature a beautiful ground-level atrium with access to a coffee shop and café, education rooms, a community meeting room, a chapel, improved wayfinding, admission services and various support services for surgery and critical care areas. Level one will feature 14 surgical suites, with the ability to expand up to 20. This level will include a hybrid surgical suite, which will be equipped with advanced medical imaging devices that enable minimally invasive surgery.

Level one will also feature a special procedure room to be used for interventional radiology procedures as well as support programs including a pharmacy and a GI Lab. Level three will house a 46-bed critical care unit that can be expanded to 60 units in the future. Level four will allow for future growth and expansion. 

The emergency department will now be accessed from Church Street and will have two separate entrances: one for ambulances and one for walk-in patients. There will be seven bays for private ambulance service, separate parking for emergency vehicles (such as law enforcement, etc.) and a covered entrance for patients who arrive via private vehicle. There will be ample parking for patients and families.

For the construction of the tower, St. Bernards is sourcing as many local products as possible. For example, steel for the project is from Nucor in Blytheville.

Total cost of the tower/emergency services project is expected to be about $103 million. The tower will officially open on December 10, 2019. 



The final phase will include renovations within the present medical center, including enhancements of patient rooms, public areas and kitchen and dining areas.

The project has been developed in conjunction with HKS, Inc., an architectural firm in Dallas that has designed comprehensive healthcare projects throughout the world.

Nabholz Construction is serving as contractor.








Expansion By The Numbers


Total project cost


Square footage of the new surgical and intensive care tower


Truckloads of dirt


Tons of structural steel in the tower


Number of pieces of glass in the tower


Tons of reinforcing steel in the tower


Total number of beds in the hospital

240 ft

Height of crane currently being used on the project

88 ft

Tallest point of the tower


Number of new ICU, PACU and Pre-Op units in the tower


Number of new, state-of-the-art surgical suites


New covered ambulance bays


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