Shoo, Flu! Six Tips to Avoid Catching the Flu

This flu season is one of the worst on record since the Arkansas Department of Health began closely tracking flu information about 15 years ago, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Most people get the flu when they breathe in tiny airborne  droplets from the coughs or sneezes of someone who has the flu. You can also catch the flu if you touch something with the virus on it, and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes.

How can you prevent getting the flu?
  • If you haven't already, get a flu shot. It's not too late!
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
If you get sick with flu symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for absolute necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

If you need treatment quickly, please visit one of our First Care or Fast Care locations. To learn more, call 870.972.8181 or visit

Is Your Phone Keeping You from
Getting a Good Night's Sleep?

M ost healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
But getting a full night's sleep can be tough, according to  Dr. Jeff Cohen, pulmonologist and director of the St. Bernards Sleep Disorders Lab.
"People are typically sleep deprived because we cram so much into our lives," Dr. Cohen said. "We have so many things to distract us, but there are some norms that are well published and well known that have to do with sleep time."
In a recent interview on KAIT, Dr. Cohen gave some suggestions on getting quality rest, including not to look at your phone before bed.
Watch the video or check out the Blog from the Heart to learn more!
Construction Update
Exciting things are happening on the St. Bernards campus!

Construction continues in the
Heartcare Center inside the hospital, where a new electrophysiology/hybrid lab and an additional cardiac catheterization lab are being added while current cath and EP labs are being renovated. This renovated space is slated to open to patients in April of this year. 

Construction of the new five-story intensive care and surgical tower continues, as underground piers/footings are being placed. The tower is scheduled to open in 2019. 

To learn more about these building projects, check out the St. Bernards Newsroom
Save the Date: St. Bernards Medical Group Health and Fitness Expo

Mark your calendar for the biggest health event in Northeast Arkansas! 

The St. Bernards Medical Group Health and Fitness Expo will be held Saturday - Sunday, April 14-15. 

The event will feature health screenings, physician panels, more than 120 exhibitor booths, a Kids Zone and pre-participation evaluations for student athletes in the region. 

For more information, visit

Get in Gear Series Begins in February
The 2018 Get in Gear Series, a partnership between St. Bernards and Gearhead Outfitters, officially begins in February with the Healthy Heart 2-Miler, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10. 

The series continues with the Indoor Triathlon, which will be held at St. Bernards Health & Wellness on Saturday, March 11.

To sign up for these events or learn more about the series, please visit the Get in Gear Series website. 
St. Bernards Accepting Applications for Project SEARCH
St. Bernards is accepting applications for the Project SEARCH program,
 a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.

Eight interns at St. Bernards work in departments including Central Supply, Laundry, Nursing, Dietary Services and Health & Wellness. In each of these areas, interns are learning processes and marketable work skills, moving them toward gainful employment.

Check out this video from KJNB CBS to learn more! 

To apply for Project SEARCH, visit