Pastoral Care


Passavant Chaplains are here to serve you regardless of your religious preference. They are ordained ministers with special training in healthcare. They do not represent a specific denomination, but work closely with clergy of all faiths in the community. If you want to have a chaplain or your own clergy visit during your stay, please let the nursing staff know.

Passavant’s Chaplain is Reverend Patsy Kelly. The Associate Chaplain is Reverend Jim Harper.

The Beilschmidt Chapel is located on the first floor, near elevator number four, for patient and visitor use any time during the day or night. We hope you will use the Chapel during your stay with us. Chapel services are held each Sunday morning at 9:30 in Beilschmidt Chapel. Patients, as well as families and friends, are invited to attend these services.

Check the Patient Education Television Guide for times of daily Chapel services. The services are on Channel 21.

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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