Auxiliary


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:
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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:
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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.

Fund-raisers

Bazaar:
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.

Follies:
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.

Scholarships

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

Donations
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:
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:
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:
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

Screenings/Program for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: March 16, 2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In partnership with the Mia Ware Foundation and the Regional Cancer Partnership, Passavant Area Hospital is distributing free colorectal cancer home test kits later this month. Colorectal home screening kits may be picked up in a “drive-through” fashion in the circle drive at the main entrance of Passavant on Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. A short consent form can be filled out from the participant’s car. After collecting samples for the kit at home, participants mail the kit back to Passavant in the provided postage paid envelope. Results are processed in Passavant’s laboratory, and individuals will receive a letter with their test results within four weeks. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum, and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. The CDC estimates that if every adult age 50 and over had regular screenings for colorectal cancer, up to 60 percent of deaths from the disease could be prevented. A colonoscopy is considered the “gold-standard” test for colorectal cancer. The home test kits are not a replacement for a colonoscopy, and they are not a specific test for cancer, but they can detect the presence of blood, which can be indicative of many medical conditions, including colorectal cancer. The home screenings are a good test to do in the years between colonoscopies. The test is also recommended for people age 50 and older, people with a family history of colorectal cancer, those who have a history of colorectal polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, or who eat a diet high in processed foods or red meat. They are also recommended for individuals who smoke, are obese, or use alcohol heavily. In addition to the kit distribution, Passavant is hosting a Community Health Talk, “Colorectal Cancer Update,” on Friday, March 27, at 12 noon. Springfield Clinic general surgeon Michael Fenner, MD, will present the program. A light lunch is included. To register for the program, please call 217-479-5800.

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