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    Repeat Winners at Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K

    • May 27, 2017
    Jacob Covell, Kelly Vandermaiden, Henry Janssen and Tracy Dowell were the first place overall winners at this morning’s 25th Annual Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K Race at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois. This is the second year in a row that Covell and Vandermaiden finished first in the 5K. Covell’s winning time in the male division was 17 minutes, 20 seconds, bettering last year’s mark by 30 seconds. Vandermaiden improved her mark by 90 seconds in the female division by finishing at 19 minutes, 42 seconds. Janssen captured first overall in the men’s 10K category with a time of 36 minutes, 24 seconds. Dowell was first overall in the women’s 10K in 45 minutes, 30 seconds. Awards were also distributed to first, second, and third place finishers, male and female, in 14 age categories. Three hundred sixty-eight runners competed in this morning races through Jacksonville’s west side. The 2017 beneficiary is the Jacksonville Saints Special Olympics team. The complete list of age group winners and an overall finishers list is available here.
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    Tamera Norton Honored with Daisy Award

    • May 17, 2017
    Tamera Norton, a registered nurse in the Transitional Care Unit, is the newest recipient of the Daisy Award at Passavant Area Hospital. Passavant partners with the Daisy Foundation to give the award each quarter to a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who consistently demonstrates excellence through clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. A grateful patient nominated Tamera for the honor: “Over the course of my 28 days at Passavant, I became concerned about my progress. I expressed my concern to Tamera. She took note and promised to try and resolve. She made many phone calls until she was able to make an appointment for me. She kept me informed every step of the way and helped arrange for me to leave the unit for the doctor’s appointment. The result of the appointment not only eased my mind, but caused a complete change in my therapy. Tamera cared for my needs unfailingly and always with professional and pleasant attitudes. The rest was way beyond the call of duty.” After receiving the award, Tamera is considering becoming a Daisy ambassador to help spread the word about her experiences. “As a nurse, our common core is to care that much about our patients. I was just trying to provide the good, quality care that our patients want,” Tamera said.
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    23rd Annual Duck Race is June 4

    • May 15, 2017
    Your chance to win $1,000 and help seniors live independently is coming next month during the 23rd annual Passavant Area Hospital Duck Race for Lifeline. The annual Lifeline fundraiser is Sunday, June 4, on the south side of Nichols Park in Jacksonville. Participants purchase $5 duck tickets in advance in hopes their duck will cross the finish line first to claim the $1,000 first prize. Proceeds from ticket sales go to support the Lifeline program at Passavant, a 24-hour medical alert system. Lifeline’s mission is to improve the health of the people and communities they serve. Lunch and refreshments from the Zingabad Grotto Bus will be available beginning at 12 noon. The local Community Summer Band will entertain from 1 to 2 p.m. Pictures from the children’s duck coloring contest will also be on display. The ducks will be launched at 2 p.m. from the “duck” truck. Tickets are currently on sale in the Auxiliary Gift Shop, just off the main lobby on the ground floor at Passavant. Tickets will also be available for sale up until race time on June 4. In addition to the $1,000 first prize, $500 will be awarded for second place, $300 for third place, $200 for fourth place and $100 Passavant Auxiliary Gift Shop gift certificates for fifth through tenth place. The Lifeline program at Passavant offers seniors security and independence. Lifeline service is installed and maintained by local technicians from Passavant. Installation, service calls and replacement units are free and there are no long term contracts or hidden fees. To learn more about the Passavant Lifeline program, please call 217-245-9541, ext. 3179.
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    Robin Talkemeyer is Employee of the Month

    • May 3, 2017
    Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Robin Talkemeyer. She is the clerical supervisor in the Imaging Services Department and has been employed at Passavant 13 years. Her nomination from a proud co-worker read, “Robin always helps out and today she did something extraordinary. We had a gentleman arrive for an exam. He asked me before the exam if I had any tape for his shoe. I looked at it and the sole of his shoe was coming off. He explained to me that he walked from the public library here and it would be a long walk back with his shoe like that. After the exam, I looked for some tape, but nothing was available except medical tape. Robin spoke up and said, “I have brought in a pair of shoes that were my dad’s for a co-worker to try on, but if this gentleman can wear them, he can have them.” Robin gave me the shoes, we brought the gentleman to the office and he tried them on. It was a perfect fit! They were practically a new pair and in much better shape. As I escorted the gentleman to the door, he thanked me over and over. He was new to town and living at New Directions until he could get back on his feet financially. This was great of Robin to do and she didn’t think twice about helping this patient. This is just one of the many times Robin has displayed this behavior. Thanks, Robin, for being a great employee. I’m proud to call you my co-worker!” As a clerical supervisor, Robin’s job responsibilities include clerical staff scheduling, greeting patients and processing imaging forms, transcription of radiologist reports. Robin and her husband, Jon, reside in Roodhouse. Robin is the mother of a step son, Anthony. 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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    Duck Race for Lifeline Tickets on Sale

    • April 26, 2017
    Elaine Hynes, left, and Adah Mitchell were two of the 40 Passavant Area Hospital volunteers who helped sell Duck Race for Lifeline tickets to the public during a ticket sale day April 22. Hynes, who is celebrating 50 years as a Passavant volunteer, and Mitchell were stationed at J.C. Penney, while other volunteers sold tickets at Ace Hardware, Buchheit’s, County Market, Farm and Home Supply, Kirlin’s and Shopko. Another public ticket sale day is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $5 each, are also available in the Auxiliary Gift Shop at Passavant. The 23rd Annual Duck Race for Lifeline is Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m., at Nichols Park in Jacksonville. First prize is $1,000. Food and entertainment will be provided beginning at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the event go to support the Lifeline program at Passavant in their mission to improve the health of the people and communities they serve.
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