Passavant Area Hospital is accepting applications for a free, four-day summer camp for high school students who are interested in a nursing career.
The summer camp, called Teens Experiencing Nursing (TEN), will be held June 27-30 at the nonprofit community hospital.
The program begins with an orientation at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St., Springfield, where students will participate in skills training and simulations in the state-of-the-art learning facility.
They will spend the following three days in Jacksonville, where they will have the opportunity to job shadow and interact with nursing staff on several nursing units throughout Passavant Area Hospital. Campers will also spend a day at MacMurray College in Jacksonville to learn about pursuing a professional nursing degree.
“TEN Camp participants receive a hands-on opportunity to experience nursing education and nursing practice,” said Leanna Wynn, affiliate vice president of nursing and quality and chief nursing officer of Passavant Area Hospital. “We’re looking for the best and brightest high school students interested in pursuing a nursing career.”
TEN Camp will be limited to 15 students. Campers are expected to attend all four days of the camp and may not leave the camp for any reason other than a family emergency.
Students will need to complete an application, which includes a school counselor reference, written permission from parents or guardians and a multiple-essay questionnaire explaining why they want to become a nurse. Applications are available online at MemorialCareers.com.
The deadline to apply is March 24. For more information, call 217-788-6254 or send an email to email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.