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 Holiday Bazaar is held that adjusts as times dictate new needs. Currently, there are about a dozen departments including a luncheon and antique boutique.

Every four years a Follies stage-show is held, which is not only a fund-raiser, but has proven to be a successful community builder as well.

Special Events:
Uniform, book and jewelry sales are held throughout the year, offering quality items at special prices.

The Gift Shop:
Opening in 1951, as 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.

Nursing Scholarship Guidelines
Nursing Scholarship Application

Revised 3/2015

One of the Auxiliary’s major purposes is to help support various departments of the hospital with their needs. Items purchased in the last year include:

·  C-arm portable x-ray unit for Surgical Department
·  Fluorescent light covers for Imaging Services Department
·  Z-Phone 150 and two, Z-Phone 340s for Nursing Administration
·  iPads with iTunes for Speech Therapy Department
·  Printer and window blinds for Gift Shop
·  Tables, tablecloths, and greenery for use at the Bazaar
·  Replenishment of Patient Support Fund for Volunteer Department
·  Coffee supplies for the ICCU Waiting Room
·  2 GlideScopes for the Emergency Room and Operating Room
·  Carpet for the Lobby, Meeting Rooms and Gift Shop
·  Recumbent Cross Trainer for Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation
·  Crib with Security Top for Pediatrics
·  12-Month Subscription to Baker Taylor Book Leasing for Sibert Library
·  4 Physio-Control Lifepak 500 AED Mobile Responders for Rehab. Services/Team Rehab.
·  Jeep for Lifeline

Outreach Services and Programs

Central Illinois Community Blood Bank:
Auxiliary members coordinate with the CICBB to encourage participation in the Blood Bank and report 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. Board members 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, Meredosia, and Murrayville/Woodson) serve on the Board to keep them in the Passavant “loop.”

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

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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 two categories of membership: annual and 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.
· There is a married couple life membership rate.
· Gift cards are available for gift memberships.

If you want to join the Passavant Auxiliary, return the membership application and dues to:

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

Employees of the Month: April-August

Posted on: October 7, 2015

Passavant Area Hospital’s April 2015 Employee of the Month is Becky Grady, Cardiopulmonary. Becky is a LPN in the Cardiopulmonary Department. She has been a past employee for three years. As an LPN, Becky is responsible for breathing treatments, EKGs, ventilators, bipap/cpap, being an early responder and Code 70 responder, and traveling with patients who are on ventilators on transfers. Her nomination form read, “She was very kind and considerate of my needs. Becky came on time for my breathing treatments and did palpitations on my back, and even rubbed it afterwards. She is very good at what she does. I came to be very close to Becky for the concern and genuine kindness she showed me.” Becky resides in Arenzville. Passavant Area Hospital’s May 2015 Employee of the Month is Kevin Brunstein, Imaging Services. Kevin is a nuclear medicine technologist in the Imaging Services Department. He’s been employed at Passavant for 23 years. As a nuclear medicine technologist, Kevin is responsible for performing and processing nuclear medicine tests, answering calls and questions from physicians and patients, and ordering and preparing the radiopharmaceuticals. His nomination form read, “My son was apprehensive about a test because he didn’t know what was going to happen. I was apprehensive too. Kevin took the time to talk about what was going to happen and went out of his way to make my son and me feel at ease. He did his absolute best to make my son feel comfortable. I feel so blessed to have Kevin as the technician that day. He made our day much easier. Kevin is truly an asset to your team at Passavant. Kevin resides in Jacksonville. Passavant Area Hospital’s June 2015 Employee of the Month is Haley Dereak, Two South. Haley is a registered nurse on the Two South nursing unit. She’s been employed at Passavant for four years. As a registered nurse, Haley provides direct care to her assigned patients. Her nomination form read, “I would love to nominate all of the individuals that helped take care of me while I was in the hospital, but Haley stands out to me because she was very caring and made sure my son was comfortable when he visited me. She was always sympathetic and showed concern with my health issues and made sure I was comfortable.” Haley resides in Winchester. Passavant Area Hospital’s July 2015 Employee of the Month is Joe Jiardina, Ambulatory Surgery. Joe is a registered nurse in Ambulatory Surgery. He has been employed at Passavant for 14 years. As a registered nurse, Joe serves as patient advocate, contributes as part of the surgical team, and assists in the maintenance of the Surgery Department. His nomination form read, “In a high stress environment, keeping focused and calm can be a difficult task, but Joe is someone who can remain ‘on task’ in these situations. It’s a pleasure working with such a qualified person in demanding conditions. Joe is someone who other employees can go to for advice in difficult situations. We are proud to be associated with such a fine nurse.” Joe and his wife, Regina, reside in New Berlin. Passavant Area Hospital’s August 2015 Employee of the Month is Purisima Wells, Environmental Services. Purisima is a housekeeper in the Environmental Services Department. She’s been employed at Passavant for five years. As a housekeeper, Purisima is responsible for keeping the hospital clean and sanitary, setting up meetings, and answering calls as needed. Her nomination form read, “Purisima is a shining star. She truly went out of her way to help the Environmental Services Department. She worked the night shift for over three months. While doing this, she worked by herself without any help. Purisima is a true asset for this organization; she goes above and beyond every day to help patients, visitors, and other staff throughout the hospital. Purisima’s best quality is her smile; no matter how bad a night she has had, she is always smiling.” Purisima resides in Virginia. The Employee of the Month at Passavant receives a cash award, an Employee of the Month lapel pin, wall plaque, engraved writing instrument, coffee mug, meal certificates for use in the hospital cafeteria, and a day of with pay.  

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