Is it really that important to get a flu shot? The answer is yes! Millions of people get the flu every year. Hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and tens of thousands die from flu-related causes annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So how does the flu vaccine work? About two … Continue reading “Do You Really Need a Flu Shot?”

One moment, a Benedictine Sister, associate or Catholic priest might be praying with a man before he is wheeled into the operating room. Ten minutes later, they might be visiting and laughing with a child who has a broken leg or celebrating with a woman who has just given birth. Later still hospice or palliative … Continue reading “National Pastoral Care Week: Celebrating Those Who Help Us Keep the Faith”

  Growing up, Dr. Joseph Kosinski knew he wanted to pursue a career in science. After graduating from Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, he worked for several years as a chemist, studying in a lab. “I enjoyed chemistry, but the work was so dry,” he said. “I wanted to interact and work … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Joseph Kosinski”

  Wouldn’t it be great if there were a program that provided comprehensive health services – basically ALL needed health services – to elderly individuals in a way that would allow them to “age in place” in their homes, maintaining their independence as long as possible? And wouldn’t it be wonderful if the seniors themselves … Continue reading “Total Life Healthcare is a PACE program – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – And it’s right here in Jonesboro”

Dr. Willie Hurst has made it his life’s work to improve the lives of families in Northeast Arkansas. He serves as medical director for the Jonesboro Church Health Center, a clinic for low-income uninsured individuals. With his wife, Honey, he also founded a non-profit organization called Kids at The Cross to support children and teens … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Willie Hurst”

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”

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.”

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”