Founded in 1896, the mission of the Passavant Hospital Auxiliary is to advance and promote the welfare of Passavant Area Hospital through ways approved by the Passavant Hospital Board of Directors.

This is accomplished by:

  • Interpreting to the public the functions, services, and needs of the hospital
  • Providing services to the hospital and its patients
  • Raising funds in a manner satisfactory to the Board of Directors of the Hospital and in harmony with the planning of the community.

The Auxiliary serves a three-fold purpose:

  • To provide scholarships for employees seeking to further healthcare training
  • To purchase needed items requested by various hospital departments
  • To offer various outreach services and programs to support and promote Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville and the surrounding community.


Since 1953, an Annual Auxiliary Holiday Bazaar is held each year in November. Currently there are 12 areas, including the Antique Boutique, Auxiliary Gift Shop, Children’s Breakfast with Santa, Deaconess Tea, Florals/Gift Gallery/Wreaths, Food Pantry, Friday Nite Fling, Frozen Foods, Local Vendors, Luncheon, Raffle Packages and Silent Auction. 


Book, jewelry, sportswear, and uniform sales are held throughout the year, offering quality items at special prices.

Gift Shop

Opening in 1951as a major financial endeavor of the Auxiliary, this has to be one of the best-kept secrets in Jacksonville! The Shop speaks for itself as it houses some of the finest gifts and greeting card selections in town.


The Auxiliary is committed to promoting education. Many scholarships are granted to employees working toward advanced healthcare degrees.  If they meet the criteria and the funds are available, full-time, part-time and per diem employees may apply for $700 scholarships up to three times per year.

Scholarship Guidelines
Scholarship Application


One of the Auxiliary’s purposes is to provide monetary donations for hospital requests. Some of the items purchased in the past include:

  • Stress echocardiography system
  • Paramedic vehicle
  • Audio/video system for meeting rooms
  • 3 Lifeline vehicles
  • 4 Physio-Control Life pak 500 AED Mobile Responders for Rehab Services/Team Rehab
  • 2 Glide Scopes for the Emergency Department and Operating Room
  • 60 Flat screen TV’s for patient rooms
  • C-arm portable X-ray unit for Surgical Department

Central Illinois Community Blood Bank

The Auxiliary board coordinates with the CICBC to encourage participation in the Blood Bank.  Blood drives are held the first and second Mondays of each month.  The Auxiliary board reports on donors at the monthly Board meetings.

Community Education

Mini-medical days are held to provide education for area second graders by offering tours of the hospital twice a year. This is meant to alleviate fear of the hospital environment. More than 400 students take part in this event each year.

Members of the Auxiliary Board are selected to attend the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) Volunteer Leadership Conference to support, enhance and expand hospital volunteerism.

Health Advocacy

Co-chairs provide information on pertinent state and federal legislation concerning medical issues affecting healthcare and hospitals and encourage membership in the IHA Political Action Committee.


Representatives from outlying communities (Alexander/Franklin/Waverly, Arenzville/Concord/Chapin, Greenfield/Roodhouse/White Hall, Jacksonville, Meredosia, Murrayville/Woodson and Winchester) serve on the Board to keep them in the Passavant “loop.”


Newsletters are prepared and sent to all members at least four times a year to keep everyone informed about the Auxiliary’s activities, special events, sales and dues renewal.

Membership Information

Membership is a valuable asset to the Auxiliary in both revenue and service.

  • The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. 
  • Membership chairs are available at the annual Bazaar to renew or accept new memberships. 
  • Membership is open to any person interested in the mission of Passavant Area Hospital.
  • There are three categories of membership: annual, life, and married couple life.
  • Any member in good standing shall have the right to vote at the annual May meeting.
  • Any member may participate in meetings and the affairs of the Auxiliary.
  • Any member may be nominated to serve on the Auxiliary Board and to hold office.
  • Membership is open to both women and men.
  • Gift cards are available for gift memberships.

If you would like to join the Passavant Auxiliary, download, fill out and return the membership application below along with your dues to:

Passavant Area Hospital
Volunteer Department
1600 West Walnut
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Download Membership Application