Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up
Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month.
The free kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks.
The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable.
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In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.
Amanda Martin Wins Daisy Award
Amanda Martin, a registered nurse in the Obstetrics Department at Passavant Area Hospital, is the newest recipient of a Daisy Award. The award was presented during a ceremony February 24 in Obstetrics.
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.
Her nomination from a grateful co-worker read, “Amanda was my primary labor nurse. She was very competent, kind, supportive, and understanding. As a first time parent, she was able to teach and reassure my husband with many things and instill confidence in him during my labor. All of the nurses were good; however, Amanda was outstanding! She made my labor experience the best that it could be. She needs to be recognized for how compassionate and caring she was. She was very present and quick to answer my call light. She was a great labor coach, and I will be forever grateful for the experience she provided to us. Amanda is a great representation of the hospital and what a nurse should be. I am thankful she was my nurse.”
“Receiving the Daisy Award means that I helped make a difference in that family's life and that's all I ever want. I love being able to teach and prepare a family for this unique experience. Helping the family stay calm, keeping the environment light and relaxed and talking them through what's next is key to having a smooth and enjoyable experience,” Amanda said.
Amanda received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has been employed at Passavant two years.
Jennifer Hodgerson is Employee of the Month
Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Jennifer Hodgerson. Jennifer is a physical therapist in the Rehabilitation Services department. She’s been employed at Passavant 9 years.
Her nomination from a grateful patient read, “Jennifer is an amazing person. She pours herself into her work and is not satisfied with just “good enough.” I have had the pleasure of her kind and caring healing and cannot say enough about her work ethic. She keeps an open mind about my problems and keeps her options flexible. She has helped me feel better that I have felt in 20 years and she isn’t done with me yet. God has truly blessed her and has given her a rare and awesome talent and disposition. She is the type of employee that everyone should aspire to be.”
As a physical therapist, she evaluates and treats multiple diagnoses including orthopedic pain, dysfunction and mobility deficits. Jennifer specializes in manual therapy of the spine, functional movement assessments and women’s health treatments. She also coordinates the physical therapy student clinical rotations at Passavant and serves as a JointWorks educator.
Jennifer and her husband, Nate, reside in Greenfield. They are the parents of a son, Karl.
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.
Free Nursing Camp for Students
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.
Scouts Explore Passavant on Citizenship Day
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.