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    Scouts Explore Passavant on Citizenship Day

    • February 17, 2017
    Passavant hosted Luke, left, and Ethan Grable Feb. 13 as part of Jacksonville's Boy Scout Citizenship Day. Both are students at Jacksonville High School and members of local Boy Scout Troop 113. Luke spent time with the team in Rehabilitation Services, while Ethan visited the Emergency Department and Air Evac Lifeteam 27. Their brother, Devin, toured Occupational Therapy last year as part of the same event. He'll begin college later this year with the goal of becoming an occupational therapist.
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    New Trustees for Passavant Foundation

    • February 8, 2017
    Carrie Cole, BSN, left, and Ann Prather have joined the Passavant Area Hospital Foundation as trustees according to Pam Martin, Executive Director of the Foundation. Cole is owner/bookkeeper for The Medicine Shoppe in Jacksonville and Springfield. Prather is a pre-school teacher at Virginia Community Day Care. Other trustees include Frank Cummings, Linda Donovan, Ginny Fanning, Mary Fergurson, Alban Haxhinasto, Gilbert Joehl, Keith Lape, PhD, Greg Lepper, Lisa Musch, Diana Olinger, Gary Scott, Steve Turner, and Chester Wynn. Fergurson serves as Foundation board president. The Passavant Area Hospital Foundation serves to connect the Hospital with donors and to secure funding to enhance and expand services, upgrade and renovate facilities, and develop new programs.
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    Kari Jennings is Employee of the Month

    • February 1, 2017
    Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Kari Jennings. Kari is a registered nurse in the Outpatient Clinic. She’s been employed at Passavant 18 years. Her nomination from an appreciative co-worker read, “Kari is a delight to have at Passavant. She is always willing to help anyone and everyone. She is very passionate about her job and is a joy to work with. She is always happy and does a great job of picking up the slack, without being asked, when we are busy. Kari is the super glue that holds out department together and we are very grateful to have her as part of our team.” As a registered nurse in the Outpatient Clinic, she is responsible for scheduling patients and providing care to patients receiving IV therapies, injections, and dressing changes. She also assists with the hospital’s Pain Clinic and Specialty Clinic. Kari resides in Jacksonville with her two children. The Employee of the Month at Passavant receives eight hours off with pay, an Employee of the Month plaque, a close parking space for one month, gift cards for the Cafeteria and Gift Shop, a movie gift card, pen and pencil set, picnic blanket, flashlight/tool kit, Mason jar cup, umbrella, small cooler, lunch sack, drawstring tote, water bottle, notepad, flashlight key ring, coffee mug, and cup.
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    Passavant Acquires Physical Therapists Clinic Ltd.

    • January 25, 2017
    Physical Therapists Clinic Ltd., a rehabilitation therapy business with locations in Jacksonville and Beardstown, will become part of Passavant Rehabilitation Services Feb. 1. “This acquisition allows us to provide increased rehabilitation opportunities for the patients in our service area as we continue our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve,” said Harry Schmidt, president and CEO. Physical Therapists Clinic Ltd. owner Curt Keim said, “I began my career at Passavant. It’s good to come home again.” Trevor Huffman, Passavant’s director of rehabilitation services, added, “We will maintain the strengths of their clinic and combine this with the strengths and resources of Passavant to improve both facilities’ ability to meet the rehabilitation needs of the community.” As part of the acquisition, the Physical Therapists Clinic will change its name. The Jacksonville facility, located at 1440 W. Walnut St., Suite 2, will become Passavant Rehab Clinic-Jacksonville, while the Beardstown facility, located at 400 S. State St., will become Passavant Rehab Clinic-Beardstown. Current employees of Physical Therapists Clinic Ltd. will remain at both facilities. The phone number for Passavant Rehab Clinic-Jacksonville will change to 479-5670, while the number for Passavant Rehab Clinic-Beardstown remains 323-4001. The current Jacksonville number will roll over to the new number during the transition. Passavant Rehabilitation Services, located on the Passavant campus, provides comprehensive services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pediatric rehabilitation, sports medicine and a lymphedema clinic. Rehabilitation and aquatic therapy services are also provided at Passavant’s facility at 901 W. Morton St., in the Lincoln Square Shopping Center.
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    Visitors Should Take Precautions to Prevent Spread of Flu

    • January 20, 2017
    JACKSONVILLE – Illinois is experiencing a severe flu season, with many people experiencing flu-like symptoms throughout Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the safety of patients and their families, Memorial Health System is recommending visitors to its four hospitals – Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville and Taylorville Memorial Hospital – help prevent the spread of respiratory infections by requesting that: Inpatient hospital visits be limited to two visitors per patient at one time All visitors be 18 or older and show no signs of illness The health system also encourages those accompanying outpatients at Memorial facilities to consider these same recommendations. “Passavant Area Hospital is currently not experiencing a high rate of hospitalizations due to influenza,” Erica Hunt, infection prevention and control manager for Passavant Area Hospital, said. “People who are ill shouldn’t visit someone in the hospital. This is true any time of year, but especially during flu season. And if you haven’t received your flu shot, it’s important to take the time to get the shot and protect yourself from the flu.” Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January and February, beginning as early as October and ending as late as May, according to the CDC website. As many as 20 percent of all Americans get the flu each year. To prevent spread of the flu, the CDC recommends individuals take precautions to avoid spreading germs, such as washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and getting your annual flu vaccination (available to those 6 months and older). Most people who get the flu recover completely in one to two weeks, but some people develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia, according to the IDPH. Over the past decade, influenza and pneumonia have been associated with an average of 3,500 deaths a year in Illinois. For additional information about the flu, including symptoms and prevention, visit the CDC website, More information about the flu can be found on Memorial’s Live Well blog,, including frequently asked questions.
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Calendar of Events

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20feb7:00 pm- 8:00 pmAlzheimer’s Support Group
20feb7:00 pm- 8:00 pmYoga Class #3
21feb12:00 pm- 1:15 pmCommunity Health Talk: Learning and Living with Congestive Heart Failure
21feb12:00 pm- 1:00 pmOstomy Support Group
22feb6:00 pm- 7:00 pmBreastfeeding Support Group #2
27feb7:00 pm- 8:00 pmYoga Class #4
28feb5:00 pm- 7:00 pmJointWorks Education Class-2
28feb5:30 pm- 8:30 pmCPR: BLS Healthcare Provider Class

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3D Mammography at Passavant

Passavant is committed to reducing breast cancer rates in our communities and has now employed the most advanced breast screening technology in this area – 3D tomosynthesis.
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