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    Rick Johnson is Employee of the Month

    • December 1, 2016
    Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Rick Johnson, Ambassadors. Rick serves as a patient ambassador. He has been employed at Passavant ten years. His nomination from an appreciative co-worker read, “Rick is a wonderful asset to the ambassador desk. He is always friendly and upbeat with anyone checking in. He is always helpful to employees and also helps with anything he can. Rick is very organized at his station and remains calm. Rick is always reassuring and always finds an answer.” Rick and his wife, Patricia, live in Jacksonville. They are the parents of two daughters and eight grandchildren. 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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    Blue Distinction® Designation for Knee/Hip Replacement

    • November 18, 2016
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has selected Passavant Area Hospital, a Memorial Health System affiliate, as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community. Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S., according to studies published in the June 2014 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery1 and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons2. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. Passavant Area Hospital offers total hip and knee replacement as part of its JointWorks program. JointWorks provides each patient with a case manager and a team of orthopedic specialists and nursing staff who specialize in joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation to work with patients each step of the replacement process. JointWorks also assists the spouse or loved one learn the best ways to provide support and encouragement to the patient. Passavant performs nearly 300 joint replacement procedures each year. Passavant’s team of orthopedic surgeons includes Darr Leutz, MD, and Barry Werries, MD. Dr. Leutz is affiliated with Springfield Clinic; Dr. Werries is affiliated with the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. “I want to congratulate Passavant for this commitment to quality, and helping members better manage their care through the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program,” says Opella Ernest, MD, BCBSIL chief medical officer and divisional senior vice president of Network Management. “This patient centered approach provides attention to patients across the health care spectrum – from helping our members who are the sickest utilize medical services more efficiently, to finding ways that enable healthy people to stay that way.” For more information about the program and a listing of designated facilities, visit   1 J Bone Joint Surg Am, The Role of Overweight and Obesity in Relation to the More Rapid Growth of Total Knee Arthroplasty Volume Compared with Total Hip Arthroplasty Volume, 2014 Jun 04; 96 (11): 922 -928. 2 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Incidents of Common Musculoskeletal Procedures and Treatment, 2014 March;
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    Harry Schmidt is Passavant's New President and CEO

    • November 3, 2016
    Harry Schmidt, vice president of facilities management for Memorial Health System, has been approved by the Passavant Area Hospital Board of Directors to be the next president and CEO of Passavant Area Hospital. Schmidt succeeds Doug Rahn, DBA, who has served as Passavant’s CEO since April 2014 and retires Dec. 31. Passavant Area Hospital is one of seven affiliates of Memorial Health System in Springfield. "We welcome Harry’s experience and leadership to Passavant Area Hospital," said Greg Lepper, PAH Board of Directors chairman.  “Harry has an accomplished background that includes strategic planning, operations, information technology and construction that will be a strong fit with Passavant as we continue to enhance our services to provide our patients with safe, high-quality healthcare. His results-oriented approach and ability to think strategically will play a pivotal role in the future of Passavant Area Hospital.” Schmidt joined Memorial Health System in 2007 with Information Services. In 2009, he was named to his current position as vice president of the health system’s facilities management division, which includes more than 400 individuals representing planning and construction, engineering, security, environmental services, environmental safety, and food and nutrition. In this role, Schmidt led a cross-functional, multidisciplinary team of leaders to develop and execute the largest expansion project in Memorial Medical Center's 119-year history, earned a Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence Quality Supplier Award for operational excellence, and implemented more than $11 million in cost savings initiatives, among many other successes. "Harry has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in his nearly decade of service at Memorial Health System and has served as an integral member of our leadership team," said Ed Curtis, president and CEO of Memorial Health System. "I am confident he will bring that same dedication to serving the healthcare needs of the residents of Morgan County and the surrounding communities." Prior to joining Memorial, Schmidt served for 20 years as a professional military officer, rising to the ranks of lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and major in the U.S. Air Force. "In my interactions with the Passavant team, I have seen how committed they are to our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve,” Schmidt said. “Passavant has a long-standing commitment to the community, and I look forward to being a part of the continued success of PAH and working with such a talented and passionate team of employees, physicians, volunteers and board members." Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s in business administration from Washington University. Harry and his wife, Lisa, have two teenage sons and reside in rural Menard County.
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    Passavant Earns "A" Safety Grade

    • October 31, 2016
    Passavant Area Hospital, a Memorial Health System affiliate, is one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking, making it one of the safest hospitals in America, according to The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide based on their record of patient safety. “Our improvements in patient safety do not happen by accident. It has taken meaningful effort and structural changes. Two years ago we restructured our approach to quality and operational improvement. Leanna Wynn, RN, MBA, MSN, Affiliate Vice President Nursing and Quality and Chief Nursing Officer, and Charles Sheaff, MD, Chief Medical Officer, have really helped guide our improvement efforts, but our score is truly a team effort,” said Doug Rahn, DBA, Passavant’s president and CEO. “Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.” Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. To access Passavant’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices. About The Leapfrog Group The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for improvements in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.
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    Walking for Wellness Starts November 7

    • October 27, 2016
    Walking for Wellness at the Jacksonville High School Bowl returns for another season of exercise and fellowship on Monday, November 7. Walking for Wellness allows individuals who walk regularly for exercise to do so even during inclement weather. The Bowl, located at 215 South Church, will be open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., each day school is in session. The program is closed during school holidays (including Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation) and any day school is not in session. Walking for Wellness is also offered year round at First Christian Church, 2106 South Main, in South Jacksonville. First Christian is currently on their fall/winter schedule, offering walking hours from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Walkers there should use the south entrance. Participants should sign in each day they walk. Jogging is not permitted, and walking is limited to the concourse around the top of the Bowl and to designated areas at the church. No registration is required. Walking for Wellness is made available through the cooperation of Jacksonville School District #117, First Christian Church, and Passavant Area Hospital. For additional details on Walking for Wellness, please call Passavant’s Marketing and Communications Department, 245-9541, extension 3129.
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Calendar of Events

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7dec6:00 pm- 9:00 pmPrepared Childbirth Education Class-Part 1 of 2
7dec6:00 pm- 7:00 pmParkinson's Disease and Neuromuscular Disorders Support Group
12dec11:00 am- 6:00 pmCentral Illinois Community Blood Center Blood Drive #2
12dec7:00 pm- 8:00 pmYoga Class #2
14dec6:00 pm- 7:00 pmBreastfeeding Support Group #1
16dec7:00 pm- 8:00 pmAlzheimer’s Support Group
20dec12:00 pm- 1:00 pmOstomy Support Group
21dec12:00 pm- 1:00 pmDiabetes Support Group

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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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