Sarah Lawson, Ambulatory Surgery

sarah lawson webBirthplace: Jacksonville, IL

Spouse: Brad

Children/ages: Trevor, 41; Alyssa, 38 (husband, Justin); Derek, 32 (wife, Kristin).

Nickname: “Sarahbell”

Education/special training:  District #117 School of Practical Nursing.

How long at Passavant/job title: 34 years/L.P. N.

Hobbies/special interests: Grandchildren – SPC Nicholas Philpott, Rylie Mae, and Cameron Lawson.

How I describe myself: Loyal, dependable, sense of humor.

Pets: Nugget, West Highland Terrier; and Mamma Kitty.

Secret Ambition: Travel, to see more of the U.S.A.

Favorites: Holiday: Thanksgiving; Season: Fall; Food:Ribeyes; Song/Artist: Elvis; Vacation: Colorado (mydaughter lives there); Movie: Gone With the Wind; Part of job:  Ambulatory Surgery gets a variety of surgical patients and I love seeing new faces.  Also, I like seeing patients go home the same day.

Some of my job responsibilities: Pre-and post-op care, starting IV’s for GI Lab, vital signs, post-op phone calls.

Describe a time you went “above and beyond” in your job: There are days when the surgery schedule is full and we run 30 plus patients through (our unit holds 23 beds).  All staff go “above and beyond!!!”

Why should individuals choose Passavant? Passavant has always been a community hospital.  They support educational programs for the community, and special interest events – such as donations for the Food Bank and “A Taste of Home” project for our soldiers.

And the nomination said:I was really nervous about being in the hospital for the first time, especially getting an I.V. I have passed out before when other people are getting stuck, and yes, sometimes when I get stuck.  But Sarah talked to me and just had a wonderful way of keeping me calm and had the I.V.  in and done before I even knew it. And she came back to check on me several times and really made a day that I was really nervous about not too bad at all. She is a real asset to Passavant and the medical community.”

Foundation Provides Grant for Volunteer EMS Providers

Posted on: September 19, 2017

Volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) providers in the Passavant Area Hospital service area are receiving a boost in their efforts to provide the best pre-hospital care to their patients. Pam Martin, executive director of the Passavant Foundation, announced today a $35,000 grant from the Foundation to seven local, volunteer EMS agencies for recruitment and training. Grant recipients include EMS providers in Arenzville, Chapin, Meredosia-Bluffs, Murrayville-Woodson, South Jacksonville, Winchester and Waverly. "The grant funds will be distributed in two parts. The first $2,500 will cover tuition, books and fees of volunteers enrolled in emergency medical technician/responders classes, with the second $2,500 used for the agency's greatest need, whether it be additional class training or the purchase of training equipment," said Martin. "Passavant is committed to provide continuing education for our first responder agencies and the Foundation is pleased to support this commitment." The grant will help the EMS providers in Passavant’s service area standardize training across all agencies. "As we integrate our existing EMS system with the Memorial Health System EMS system, it's important that we all follow the same guidelines," said Travis Wilson, Passavant’s assistant EMS coordinator. "This training will ensure that, plus strengthen our relationship with the agencies." Passavant provides emergency medical technician/responder classes for area agencies. The next series of classes starts in early 2018.

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