St. Bernards First in Arkansas  to  Implant 
World's Smallest Pacemaker

In April,  St. Bernards became the first hospital in Arkansas to offer the world's smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia.
Dr. Devi Nair (pictured here with the implant team) holding the world's smallest pacemaker.
The Micra┬« Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. 
The first procedure at St. Bernards was performed on April 24 by Dr. Devi G. Nair, MD, FHRS, director of cardiac electrophysiology at St. Bernards Heart and Vascular Center. 
For more information about this groundbreaking procedure, please visit the St. Bernards Newsroom
Physician Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Golden

Race car driver. Restaurant owner. Primary care physician.

Dr. Stephen Golden wears many hats.

As one of the founders of First Care, Dr. Golden helped revolutionize the way care is offered to patients in Northeast Arkansas. He and a group of fellow physicians decided to open up the clinic after regular business hours, allowing more time for patients to be seen by a doctor.

The First Care clinics took off, and in the early 1990s, St. Bernards bought the practice.

"I love working with patients as their primary care provider," said Dr. Golden. "It's very interesting to follow someone, know them for a long time and help them live a healthy life. I find primary care to be very rewarding."

In the early 2000s, Dr. Golden won a small sum of money while playing
Dr. Golden on the race track
blackjack at a casino. He decided to do something fun with the cash, so he enrolled in Skip Barber Racing School, a North Carolina-based four-day program to teach individuals the art of car racing.

"Going to the racing school just ignited a passion in me," said Dr. Golden. "I raced for nine years, and I still miss it. Being on the racetrack just takes all the stress or worries from life away. If you're doing it right, you are scaring yourself at every corner. It's actually made me a better, safer, more conscious driver."

Ten years ago, Dr. Golden decided to face another curve head-on: He partnered with another doctor to start Brickhouse Grill in downtown Jonesboro.

Want to learn more about Dr. Golden? Check out St. Bernards Blog from the Heart. To schedule  an appointment with Dr. Golden, please call 870-972-8181. 

When to Visit the 
Emergency  Department

The St. Bernards Emergency Department is open 24-7 and staffed by specially trained professionals who use the latest technology in diagnosing and treating patients.
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 visiting the ED should be reserved for true emergencies.
Dr. Randy McComb discusses when to use emergency department vs. urgent care
Dr. Randy McComb discusses when to use the emergency department. 

Throughout the year, we will be sharing more Q and A sessions from the health panels held during the St. Bernards Health and Fitness Expo. Keep watching the Blog from the Heart and the monthly  e-newsletters to see more!

Free Health Library on 
St. Bernards Website
Battling a headache?

Tummy troubles?

No matter what symptom you are experiencing, the St. Bernards Health Library can help. 

Log on to and search by symptom, condition or specific question on a variety of health topics. 

You also can use the online wellness tools to determine your body mass index and how many calories you should be eating and burning. There are also quizzes to determine whether you need help managing your alcohol or nicotine intake.

You can find the St. Bernards Health Library on the medical center's homepage. 

Save the Date: 2017 Triple Swing

Hop a downtown train to find the bright lights and big city! The New York-themed Triple Swing Dinner and Dance will be held Saturday, June 24, in the St. Bernards Auditorium. 

Platinum-, gold- and silver-level sponsors are invited to Jonesboro Country Club on Sunday, June 25, for the Triple Swing VIP Golf Classic. Pro golfer Rob Akins will be on hand to visit with sponsors and offer a golf clinic. 

On Monday, June 26, the Triple Swing Golf Classic will be held at Jonesboro Country Club. The event will feature a four-person scramble format with morning and afternoon flights. 

Purchase tickets or register golf teams by calling the St. Bernards Foundation at 870-207-2500 or emailing 

Alcohol Use vs. Alcohol Abuse

For the majority of people, using alcohol is not a problem.

Howev er, for others, it can produce mild to moderate to severe family, social, health, financial, legal, occupational or personal problems.

Bill Smith MSSW, LCSW, from the St. Bernards Counseling Center, recently wrote a blog post on knowing the difference between alcohol use and alcohol abuse. 

Learn more at St. Bernards Blog from the Heart