We’ve all seen it, and perhaps even done it: Looked at the cell phone while driving. Distracted driving isn’t just texting – it’s any activity that takes your attention away from driving. This includes using a cell phone to call or text while driving, changing a CD or grabbing something from the floorboard. Distracted driving … Continue reading “Fighting Distracted Driving: How to Stay Safe”

According to Health.com, depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles.  But it can also be brought on by small choices we make every day that suck the happiness out of daily life, choices that we may not realize are impacting attitudes. … Continue reading “10 Worst Habits for Mental Health”

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. That means one out of every 11 Americans has the chronic disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. It includes people whose bodies do not make enough insulin (Type 1 Diabetics), those whose bodies do not use insulin properly (Type 2) and … Continue reading “Managing Diabetes? We Can Help.”

We are excited to introduce a new cutting edge, high tech and minimally invasive treatment for chronic tendon and plantar fascia pain.  The Tenex Health TX device was developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and is used to remove the abnormal part of the tendon or plantar fascia that is causing pain. What is … Continue reading “Innovative Technique for Chronic Tendon and Plantar Fascia Pain available at St. Bernards”

Dr. Darrell Ragland never intended to practice medicine in Jonesboro, but life had other plans. After growing up in Little Rock, he attended college at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. “Family practice was the program I enjoyed the most throughout medical school,” … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Darrell Ragland”

On a steamy July day 117 years ago, something remarkable happened in Jonesboro. 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 … Continue reading “Celebrating 117 Years of Care”

Summer is officially here and we gladly welcome it with backyard barbeques, pool parties, beach trips and weekends at the lake soaking up those beautiful rays while spending time with our family and friends. Sun exposure is recommended because it is our primary source for Vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier … Continue reading “Safely Enjoying the Sunshine”

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. We’ve all heard of this disease, but many people don’t know the symptoms, causes or treatments. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. The exact cause is not known, although research shows that certain changes in the brain lead to the disease. … Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know”

Race car driver. Restaurant owner. Primary care physician. Dr. Stephen Golden wears many hats. Born in Piggott, Dr. Golden went to high school in Jonesboro and completed his undergraduate studies at Arkansas State. He started as a pre-med student, before changing his major to speech/drama his junior year. “I loved acting and plays, but I … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Golden”