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’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’s Employee of the Month is Kari Jennings. Kari is a registered nurse in the Outpatient Clinic. She’s been employed at Passavant 18 years. Her nomination from an appreciative co-worker read, “Kari...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Krystle Walz. Krystle is a supervisor in the Food Services department. She’s been employed at Passavant 14 years. Her nomination from an appreciative co-worker read, “I...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Rick Johnson, Ambassadors. Rick serves as a patient ambassador. He has been employed at Passavant ten years. His nomination from an appreciative co-worker read, “Rick is...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Larissa Sorrells, Rehabilitation Services. Larissa is a physical therapist and athletic trainer. She has been employed at Passavant four years. Her job responsibilities include evaluating and...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Natalie Schildman, Emergency Department. Natalie is a licensed practical nurse in the Emergency Department. She’s been employed at Passavant for five years. Her nomination from an...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Shanna Smith, Three South. Shanna is a registered nurse on the Three South nursing unit and has been employed for four years. “As a registered nurse,...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Hope Henline, Rehabilitation Services. Hope is a Rehabilitation Services secretary and has been employed at Passavant eight and one-half years. Hope’s responsibilities include scheduling recurring patient...

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Passavant Area Hospital’s Employee of the Month is Sarah Wallace, Patient Financial Services. Sarah is an insurance clerk. Her responsibilities include sending claims to Medicare or insurance companies, checking the status on claims sent,...

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Passavant, SIU Offer Telehealth Services

Posted on: April 19, 2017

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Passavant Area Hospital are partnering to bring virtual health care to the residents of Jacksonville and surrounding counties. Through telehealth services, patients can visit Springfield medical specialists using videoconferencing technology at Passavant Area Hospital instead of traveling to Springfield. Patients will have access to advanced care in multiple specialties, including neurology, dermatology, infectious disease and endocrinology. An SIU telehealth virtual visit is the same as a regular face-to-face visit and, in most cases, is covered by insurance, said Dr. Nina Antoniotti, SIU’s executive director of telehealth and clinical outreach. High-definition audio and videoconferencing technology enable specialists to deliver the same level of care as in-person visits. “This partnership with SIU will allow local residents to stay close to home and use our facility to continue their care,” said Harry Schmidt, president and CEO of Passavant Area Hospital. “Patients will be guided through their telehealth visits by a clinical telepresenter who has been specially trained by SIU to ensure the process goes smoothly and patients are comfortable.” Some of the advantages of telehealth services include improved access to care, reduced time from referral to appointment, improved patient outcomes and lower out-of-pocket costs for patients. “This partnership allows us to fulfill the hospital’s mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve by strengthening convenient access to healthcare services to residents in rural areas,” Schmidt said. “By offering access to care from a variety of specialists in a convenient location, we believe we’ll see a healthier community as a result.” SIU telehealth technology is currently installed in 12 locations throughout rural Illinois, Antoniotti said. Patients who wish to schedule an SIU telehealth visit should work with their local physicians. To help educate the public on the benefits of the technology, Passavant and SIU Medicine will host an informational community event on Wednesday, May 10, that will include a mock telehealth appointment. The event runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 4 at Passavant. Call 217-479-5800 to register.

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