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”

You probably knew exercise was good for lowering blood pressure–after all, it’s hard to find something that exercise doesn’t impact in a beneficial way! But did you know how, how much and what types of exercise can give you the biggest bang for your efforts? Thankfully, almost EVERY kind of exercise is good ammunition in … Continue reading “Keep Moving to Lower Your Blood Pressure”

The St. Bernards Emergency Department is always open and staffed with state-of-the-art equipment and well-educated medical staff members. So why shouldn’t you use it for minor ailments like a sore throat or a cold? Check out this video response from Dr. Randy McComb, emergency medicine physician and medical director of the ED, to learn why … Continue reading “Visiting the Emergency Department”

  Humans historically have had an interesting and varied relationship with alcohol throughout time. Some resources report that an estimated 18 million people abuse alcohol in the United States. Alcohol, a very powerful psychoactive drug classified as a depressant, can have an extreme effect on the brain and the central nervous system. When consumed in … Continue reading “Alcohol Use vs. Alcohol Abuse”