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Eight Arkansas hospital executives talk about the lessons they've learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lessons Learned: Hospital Leaders Look Back at COVID-19 CrisisLock Icon

Arkansas Business reached out to several Arkansas hospital executives and asked them about their observations and lessons learned amid the pandemic. Here’s what they said. read more >
Health Care

Arkansas Research Alliance Announces 6 New Board Members

The new members represent health care, technology, energy and education sectors. read more >
Chris Barber, president and CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro.
Education / Government & Politics

More Arkansas Hospitals Announce Vaccine Requirements

A growing number of Arkansas hospitals say they'll require all staff to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. read more >
Chris Barber, president and CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare in Jonesboro.
Health Care / Nonprofits

Viral Vigil Follows Hospital CapacityLock Icon

Concern that the COVID-19 outbreak could overwhelm Arkansas’ health care system remains a brooding cloud. The pandemic scenario is a possibility with a likelihood that’s elusive to gauge. read more >
The new medical tower at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

St. Bernards Closes Some Facilities, Furloughs Workers Amid Crisis

St. Bernards Healthcare of Jonesboro says it has closed some facilities, cut salaries and furloughed some workers as patient volume at its hospitals and clinics decline amid the COVID-19 pandemic. read more >
Bo Ryall, president and CEO of the Arkansas Hospital Association
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Hard Year Adds Pain for Small Hospitals in Arkansas

Hospitals’ bottom lines were hurt by flat patient volume, a shortage of nurses and the high cost of specialty drugs read more >
The 8,882-SF Ritter Communications Data Technology Center is billed as the first of its kind in the Mid-South.
Business Services / Construction

Ritter Extends Reach with $8M Data Center in Jonesboro

Ritter Communications celebrates the start of construction on its $8 million, 8,882-SF cloud and data storage facility in Jonesboro. read more >
Michael Pakko, chief economist and state economic forecaster with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement, speaks Wednesday at the Regional Economic Forecast in Jonesboro.
Health Care / Manufacturing / Small Business

Jonesboro Business Leaders Talk Health Care, Manufacturing

Northeast Arkansas has experienced a "robust economic expansion" and "some optimism is in order," economist Michael Pakko told business leaders at the second annual Regional Economic Forecast in Jonesboro. read more >
Mark Young
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Momentum Jonesboro on Pace to Grow Jobs in Key Sectors

Momentum Jonesboro, the economic development fundraising plan targeting job growth in northeast Arkansas, is on track to reach its $3.7 million goal. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

Five Arkansas Health Organizations Form Partnership

Five Arkansas health-related organizations announced Thursday that they have formed The Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, a shared services organization they say will improve health care quality and lower costs. read more >
“We’re in a dynamic industry with significant changes going on,” said Chris Barber, CEO of St. Bernards Healthcare.
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St. Bernards’ Revenue Climbs 8 Percent to $355 Million in 2013

St. Bernards, which operates the 438-bed St. Bernards Medical Center and clinics in northeast Arkansas, saw its net revenue climb 8 percent to $354.6 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. It was good enough for No. 26 on Arkansas Business’ list of largest private companies ranked by revenue. read more >
BJ Roberts, White County Medical Center, says his hospital is examining costs in order to save money while also trying to maintain the quality of health care it offers. 
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Hospitals Worried About Impact of Insurance Exchanges

While hospital executives across the state welcomed the opening of the health insurance marketplace last Tuesday, several said they were worried about its financial impact. read more >
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St. Bernards Signs Deal to be Health Provider for Arkansas State University Athletics

St. Bernards Healthcare has signed a sponsorship agreement with Arkansas State University that designates it as the official healthcare provider for A-State athletics. read more >
Health Care / Insurance

HealthSouth, St. Bernards Partner on Services

St. Bernards Healthcare of Jonesboro and HealthSouth Corp. of Birmingham, Ala., announced Wednesday that they have agreed to partner on inpatient rehabilitation services. read more >
A 13,000-SF mansion on 298 acres, for sale in Cherry Valley (Cross County), has a tragic history.
Real Estate

13,000-SF Mansion, 300-Acre Estate Auctioned in Cherry Valley

It's amazing what you can learn from the pages of your own newspaper. A look inside the auction of a 13,000-SF mansion and 298 acres in Cherry Valley (Cross County). read more >