Left to right, Debbie Bailey and Lisa Kluge, 2016 Passavant Area Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar chairs, present Harry Schmidt, President and CEO, a $50,000 check as the second payment on the Auxiliary’s $150,000 pledge for...

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The Passavant Area Hospital Foundation is providing a $25,000 grant to assist Illinois College (IC) in developing an RN (registered nurse) to BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) completion program according to a joint...

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Saving Sight, one of the largest eye banks in the country, recognized Passavant Area Hospital for their outstanding support of eye donation during a presentation April 10 at the hospital. Saving Sight awards the...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Gerald Prevett. Gerald is a systems administrator in the Information Systems department. He’s been employed at Passavant 12 years. His nomination from a grateful co-worker read,...

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Passavant Area Hospital, in collaboration with the Regional Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center, opens the Passavant Radiation Oncology Center Monday, April 3. Cancer patients will receive radiation therapy treatments at the facility, located...

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Passavant Area Hospital and the Mia Ware Foundation are again partnering to bring prevention and awareness for colorectal cancer with a screening kit pick up and Community Health Talk later this month. The free...

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Amanda Martin, a registered nurse in the Obstetrics Department at Passavant Area Hospital, is the newest recipient of a Daisy Award. The award was presented during a ceremony February 24 in Obstetrics. Passavant partners...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Jennifer Hodgerson. Jennifer is a physical therapist in the Rehabilitation Services department. She’s been employed at Passavant 9 years. Her nomination from a grateful patient read,...

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Passavant Area Hospital is accepting applications for a free, four-day summer camp for high school students who are interested in a nursing career. The summer camp, called Teens Experiencing Nursing (TEN), will be held...

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Passavant hosted Luke, left, and Ethan Grable Feb. 13 as part of Jacksonville’s Boy Scout Citizenship Day. Both are students at Jacksonville High School and members of local Boy Scout Troop 113. Luke spent...

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Visitors Should Take Precautions to Prevent Spread of Influenza

Posted on: December 18, 2017

Illinois is experiencing a severe flu season, with many people experiencing flu-like symptoms throughout Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) For the safety of patients and their families, Memorial Health System is recommending visitors to its four hospitals – Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln, Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville and Taylorville Memorial Hospital – help prevent the spread of respiratory infections by requesting that: Inpatient hospital visits be limited to two visitors per patient at one time All visitors be 18 or older and show no signs of illness The health system also encourages those accompanying outpatients at Memorial facilities to consider these same recommendations. “Passavant Area Hospital is currently not experiencing a high rate of hospitalizations due to influenza,” Erica Hunt, infection prevention and control manager for Passavant Area Hospital, said. “People who are ill shouldn’t visit someone in the hospital. This is true any time of year, but especially during flu season.” Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January and February, beginning as early as October and ending as late as May, according to the CDC website. As many as 20 percent of all Americans get the flu each year. To prevent spread of the flu, the CDC recommends individuals take precautions to avoid spreading germs, such as washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and getting your annual flu vaccination (available to those 6 months and older). Most people who get the flu recover completely in one to two weeks, but some people develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia, according to the IDPH. Over the past decade, influenza and pneumonia have been associated with an average of 3,500 deaths a year in Illinois. For additional information about the flu, including symptoms and prevention, visit the CDC website, CDC.gov. More information about the flu can be found on Memorial’s Live Well blog, LiveWellMagazine.org, including frequently asked questions.

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