Jacksonville is located just 30 miles from the state capital in Springfield, Illinois, and two hours from a major metropolitan area (St. Louis, Missouri).
Simply stated, Jacksonville and its surrounding area, is an excellent place to live and work. Jacksonville is a family-oriented town of quiet neighborhoods, modern subdivisions, and historic districts. The city has both strong public and parochial schools. In addition, Jacksonville is home to two liberal arts colleges and two state institutions. Jacksonville is also rich in culture, offering citizens a symphony orchestra, theater guild, and art gallery, plus numerous special events throughout the year.
The family of a long-time nursing director at Passavant Area Hospital and the Passavant Area Hospital School of Nursing has matched the memorial contributions made in honor of their late mother, Gertrude Hohmann. Hohmann was the nursing director at the school from 1952 to 1972. She died this past August at age 94.
While at the Passavant Hospital School of Nursing, Hohmann grew enrollment from 13 students to 90 and enhanced science education for the nursing students through a cooperative program with Illinois College. She was also instrumental in the school obtaining accreditation by the National League of Nursing in 1952, a designation the school maintained every year. She was later appointed nursing director for the hospital. She retired in 1972.
“My mom had such a strong involvement over the years at Passavant. Her career was one success after another. Looking back and after visiting with some of her formers students, I’m positive that because of her efforts Passavant constructed the School of Nursing,” said her son Richard Hohmann.
The Hohmann family donated an additional $2,200 to the Passavant Area Hospital Foundation in honor of their mother. The funds are being used for student nursing education, medical-surgical nursing certification exams, and wound ostomy continence nursing certifications.
“Mrs. Hohmann took pride in knowing Passavant earned Magnet status for their nursing department. She was dedicated to advancing patient care through nurses training,” said Pam Martin, Executive Director of the Passavant Foundation.