During Your Stay


Bed Assignment
Your bed assignment is based on several considerations, such as your age, your sex, and your medical condition. Patient Registration will try to place you in the type of room you request. However, please understand, it may not always be possible to immediately accommodate your request.

Environmental Services/Laundry
The Environmental Services/Laundry Departments provide a clean and safe environment for our patients, physicians, staff, and visitors. We clean rooms on a daily basis. If at any time you require fresh linens, please ask your nurse. In the event you have visitors when it is time for your room to be cleaned, they may be asked to leave for a few minutes so your room may be cleaned

Infection Control
While you are a patient at our hospital, for your protection and the protection of our employees, universal infection control precautions are used. This means that our employees may be wearing gloves, masks, gowns or goggles while caring for you. These safety measures are taken any time there is a possibility of an exposure to body fluids. Please do no let this frighten or upset you.

Lost and Found
During your stay, if you or one of your family members loses property, please check at the nurses’ station on the unit. If you are still unable to locate the property, contact the nursing staff for assistance. If you find someone else’s property, please have a nursing staff member send it to the Housekeeping Department so that it can be properly identified and returned to its owner. After discharge, if you are missing property, contact the Environmental Services Department at 217-245-9541, extension 3189.

Patient Education
Nursing Service administers a Patient Education program to hospitalized patients. In addition, health education materials such as booklets, pamphlets, etc., are available to you and your family. These materials may be used to learn more about your specific illness and ways of caring for yourself when you leave the hospital. A number of them are designed to give you information about how to stay well. Many of the materials and pamphlets may be taken home for future reference. Much of this material is available in the Community Health Information Center, located in the Sibert Library on the ground floor in the East Wing. If you want information on a certain topic, ask your nurse.

Three television channels are designated for patient educational programming. See the “Patient Education Television Guide” in your Patient Handbook.

Care Recognition
If you would like to recognize an employee for their special care during your stay, you may nominate them for one of two awards. The Daisy Award is specifically for employees in the nursing department, while the Employee of the Month award covers all Passavant employees.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Kit Pick Up

Posted on: March 13, 2017

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 kits will be available Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the circle drive at the main entrance to Passavant, 1600 W. Walnut. Individuals should simply drive up, fill out a short questionnaire, talk to a nurse, and then complete the kit at home. The kit is then mailed to Passavant, with test results returned by mail in three to four weeks. The screening kits are new this year and are more convenient with only one stool sample required. They use the fecal immunochemical test screening method for hemoglobin in the stool. The test is considered the new standard for early detection of blood in the stool, one of the early warning signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but if detected early, 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. [caption id="attachment_14043" align="alignleft" width="150"] Jan Rakinic, MD[/caption] In addition to the free screening kits, Passavant is presenting a Community Health Talk on Friday, March 31, with Jan Rakinic, MD, Professor of Surgery, SIU School of Medicine; Chief, Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Rakinic topic is “Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Is it Worth the Bother?” The program begins at 12 noon in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 at Passavant. A complimentary lunch is included. Call 479-5800 to register.

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