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    Monica Schriber Honored With Daisy Award

    • August 18, 2017
    Monica Schriber, RN, Emergency Department, is the newest recipient of the Daisy Award. 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. “At this point in my nursing career, receiving the Daisy Award is very special to me,” said Monica. "It means a lot, but I couldn’t do it without my co-workers. They all helped. I work with a great team.” Monica was nominated for the Daisy Award by a grateful co-worker: “Monica provided excellent care of a patient presenting in the Emergency Department with injuries following an assault. The patient was paranoid, apprehensive, scared and had difficulties trusting staff. Monica provided care and comfort to the patient for over nine hours. Upon discharge, the patient had no ride home. Monica made numerous calls to family, friends and transportation agencies before finally talking with Social Services, who helped provide a taxi ride home. I want to commend Monica for her passion, support and willingness to do everything she could to provide this patient with the care and safety needed. This is an example of a true leader in our department and I’m very proud to have Monica as an advocate for our patients, families and staff.”
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    Passavant Appoints Marshall Hale, MD, as CMO

    • August 11, 2017
    Marshall Hale, MD, a family medicine physician affiliated with Memorial Physician Services (MPS)-Jacksonville, is Passavant Area Hospital’s new chief medical officer (CMO). Dr. Hale, a member of the Passavant Medical Staff since 1983, also serves as medical director of MPS-Jacksonville and as president of the Physician’s Health Association of Illinois. In addition, Dr. Hale has been a member of the board of directors for both Memorial Health System and Passavant Area Hospital. Dr. Hale completed his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at University of Illinois in Champaign and received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He completed his residency in family practice at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, IN. Dr. Hale assumes his new role September 1. He replaces Charles Sheaff, MD, who is stepping down as chief medical officer to pursue family, travel and other personal interests. Dr. Sheaff will continue as medical director of Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. “I want to thank Dr. Sheaff for his service as CMO and his commitment to improving the health of the people and communities we serve,” said Harry Schmidt, president and chief executive officer. The CMO is responsible for the administrative and clinical leadership of the medical staff at Passavant.  In addition, the CMO works with the physicians and the administrative/clerical staffs at Passavant and affiliate organizations to streamline operating systems, create efficiencies, reduce costs and eliminate barriers in order to maximize positive patient outcomes.
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    Race Donates $3,000 to Special Olympics

    • July 20, 2017
    Kevin Eckhoff, Communications Coordinator and Race Director of the Passavant-Gatorade 5K/10K, center, presents a check for $3,000 to Jacksonville Saints Special Olympics team members, Crystal Jackson, left, and Jesse Mattern. The check represents proceeds from this year’s 25th Annual Passavant-Gatorade 5K and 10K. Jackson and Mattern both participated in the May 27 event. Also present for the check presentation was Harry Schmidt, left, Passavant president and chief executive officer, and Richard Larkin, community living services director for Pathway Services Unlimited, Inc. The Jacksonville Saints Special Olympics program provides competition in several different sports to over 100 Special Olympics athletes from Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Sports offered include: athletics, basketball, bowling, flag football, soccer, softball and volleyball. The Passavant-Gatorade 5K/10K is the longest consecutive running event in Jacksonville.
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    Patricia Huckabay is Employee of the Month

    • July 13, 2017
    Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Patricia Huckabay. She is a clerk in the patient registration department and has been employed at Passavant five years. Her nomination from a grateful co-worker read, “Patricia is pleasant and friendly with everyone. She always has a smile. She always goes above and beyond creating a wonderful experience for every patient. She helps wherever needed and does anything without complaint. Patricia often stays when the department is short-staffed and has helped out with all shifts. Recently, she noticed a job that needed to be done. She took the initiative to discover what she could do to help. She followed up on each issue with progress and took time to learn. She also came up with a great idea to add notes to each visit so that everyone could view the work that had been done. Patricia is an asset to Passavant and Patient Registration. We are lucky to have her!” “As a patient registration clerk, I ensure patient insurance and demographic information is up-to-date. I create, update and maintain most outpatient and inpatient visits. In addition, I order laboratory, x-ray and other outpatient tests,” Patricia said. The care and compassion we provide here makes Passavant a fantastic place to work and an even better place to get the care you need,” added Patricia. Patricia resides in Jacksonville with her two children, Kyla and Ava. 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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    Free Kidney and Diabetes Screenings

    • July 11, 2017
    The Passavant Area Hospital Foundation is partnering with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois to provide free kidney and diabetes screenings on Tuesday, July 25. Screenings will be at Passavant in the main lobby and meeting rooms from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no cost, but appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment, please call 479-5800. A limited number of walk-in appointments will also be available. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Screenings include blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, urinalysis and a blood draw, if necessary. Fasting is not required. In addition to the free screenings, attendees will also be able to talk privately with a healthcare professional about their results and take an educational tour of the Kidney Mobile®. The Kidney Mobile is the  nation’s only custom mobile unit that travels across the state screening individuals for kidney disease. To date, the Kidney Mobile® has screened nearly 45,000 people in Illinois. Alarmingly, over 80 percent of those screened were found to have at least one significantly abnormal test result. Each year, kidney disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined, but while the majority of Americans can recite the common tests for breast and prostate cancer, many do not know the risk factors and tests that could keep them off dialysis and the transplant list. Because kidney disease often develops slowly with few symptoms, it can frequently go undetected until it is very advanced. Simple steps such as controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, keeping weight down, exercising regularly, quitting smoking, and avoiding excessive use of pain medicine, can help reduce risk. “One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease,” said Mara Lidacis, Director of Community Health Education with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. “Our goal is to educate the community about the risks for kidney disease and detect it early so that people can manage the disease and slow its progression.” To learn more about the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, visit
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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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