Forbes Names St. Bernards as Arkansas’ Best Healthcare Employer

JONESBORO, Ark. – St. Bernards Healthcare announced Tuesday its selection to the Forbes list of Best-In-State Employers 2021, taking Arkansas’ top spot among the “Healthcare & Social” industries.

Forbes Media LLC compiled the rankings as a partnership with statistics portal and industry-ranking provider Statista Inc. The list stems from a nationwide, independent survey of approximately 80,000 workers among companies with more than 500 employees.

St. Bernards Healthcare President and CEO Chris Barber said St. Bernards always strives to provide an environment where individuals can thrive in the work environment.

“We believe the St. Bernards mission ‘to provide Christ-like healing to the community’ means having a talented and capable team who passionately lives it,” Barber said. “We’re a family here, and the work our team does has far-reaching impacts within our region.”

Forbes based its evaluation on direct and indirect recommendations from employees who rated their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. Forbes also asked employees to evaluate other employers in their respective industry and state that stood out either positively or negatively.

“It’s humbling any time we receive an award from the very people who serve here,” Barber said. “We look forward to continuing to lead and innovate how we operate as an employer. Future healthcare delivery depends on it.”

St. Bernards ranked sixth overall among all Arkansas employers. The full list of award-winning Forbes employers is found at

St. Bernards Healthcare, a non-profit healthcare system based in Northeast Arkansas, serves as the corporate parent of a number of healthcare entities, including the largest hospital in the region, St. Bernards Medical Center, a 440-bed acute care hospital that serves as a regional referral center for 23 counties in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. It is the only Level III Trauma Center in the region, houses the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the eastern part of Arkansas and has served as the trusted provider of comprehensive, compassionate healthcare services for more than 120 years. For more information, please visit or call the St. Bernards Healthline at 870.207.7300.

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  1. Well a J’boro wants to be a big town… it pales in comparison to Memphis. If J’boro and Craighead County lost it backwards thinking and quit relying on ASU being there, lightened up a bit it MIGHT be a place people want to stop in instead of zipping by on the by pass… Good for St.Bernards to keeping up the reputation of J’boro being a massively divided town due to religion.. Oh… BTW,,, how much has Central Baptist Church contributed back to the city in the past year? When people ask me what J’boro is most famous for my andswer is “Tornadoe’s and The Baptist wars”

  2. St. Bernards and Kait8 has not said much lately about all the staff they have made leave because of Covid shots. Many of their RN’s that have kept the place running have been forced to leave. Since Kait8 wants to talk Covid every night for the first part of their broadcast maybe they could report on the hospital mandate. A lot of the new help they have replaced the RN’s with still smell of french fires and cherry pies.

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