Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois, an affiliate of Memorial Health System, has been providing healthcare services to the residents of Morgan, Cass, Greene, Scott, Macoupin counties, and portions of Brown and northern Pike counties in West Central Illinois since 1875. The Mission of Passavant Area Hospital is to improve the health of the people and communities it serves.
Passavant, licensed for 93 patient beds, is staffed by 900 full and part-time employees, and an active medical staff of 70 physicians. Passavant is the largest employer in Jacksonville.
Passavant Area Hospital is a Magnet® Hospital as recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is a member of the American Hospital Association, the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA), and VHA.
“We are a major partner in the communities we serve,” says Douglas Rahn, President & CEO. “As part of our Mission, we continually respond to the evolving healthcare needs of the patients, lend a helping hand when needed, and enhance our services to meet the demands of our public.”
Passavant Area Hospital, in collaboration with the Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center, is adding radiation therapy to its list of patient services.
Beginning in March 2017, cancer patients will receive radiation therapy treatments in the facility, located at 567 North Westgate, on the Passavant campus. This service will facilitate patients working with the clinical team at Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center to develop their individualized care plan. Once the plan has been created, the patient can receive their ongoing radiation treatment needs at Passavant Area Hospital.
“This approach provides greater access, ease and comfort for the patient during this very difficult time. They will have the support and availability of this service right here in Jacksonville, while working in partnership with the talented clinical staff of the Regional Cancer Center,” said Doug Rahn, president and chief executive officer at Passavant Area Hospital.
The facility will feature a new linear accelerator that will provide the latest technology in radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy radiation to damage cancer cells’ DNA and destroy their ability to divide and grow. The radiation therapy is delivered via the accelerator or via radioactive sources placed inside the patient. Radiation therapy can also help reduce pain and suffering in patients with advanced cancer.