Personal Services


Flowers and Mail
Regular mail is delivered to patients Monday through Saturday by volunteers. All patient E-Mail is hand delivered to the patients each weekday. E-mail messages received after 4 p.m. will be delivered the following morning. E-mail received over the weekends will be delivered on Monday. There may be delays in delivery for e-mail received during a holiday. When flowers and packages are received, they are also delivered to you by volunteers. (Flowers are not allowed in the Intensive Care/Coronary Care Unit.)

Meals
You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner during your hospital stay (except when diagnostic studies are being performed and meals must be withheld until they are completed). If you miss a meal due to testing, please understand if a full meal is not served to you when you are allowed to eat. The Dietary Department will send some food items as a substitute for your missed meal to carry you until the next meal is served.

• On your first hospital day, the Dietary Department will select your menu. For the remainder of your stay, you will usually be able to select your meals from a selective menu, according to the diet your physician has ordered for you.
• If you are placed on a special diet during your hospital stay, you will be visited by a dietitian. The dietitian will help you select meals and explain your diet to help you understand any restrictions that may be given to you.
• You will be served snacks if they are prescribed for you by your physician or the dietitian.
• If you have dentures or any problems which make it difficult for you to eat some types of food, please ask the nurse to arrange for the dietitian to see you to assure that you receive the type of meals that will meet your nutritional needs.

Free Wi-Fi
Passavant is pleased to offer patients and visitors free access to the Internet, throughout the building, via wireless networking (wi-fi).

To connect:
• Setup your laptop or device to use PASSNET as the network name (SSID).
• When you are connected, open a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox.
• Your browser will be redirected to our acceptable use policy where you can accept the terms.
• Once you click accept you will be connected to the Internet.

Newspapers
Newspapers are available in dispensers at the ground floor entrance to the Main Lobby.

Patient Representatives
Our patient representatives will assist you and your family with special needs during your stay with us. They will try to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

A patient representative is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The nursing staff can contact your patient representative for you or call extension 3179.

Telephones
All rooms, with the exception of rooms in the ICCU unit, are equipped with telephones. You may make a local call by dialing 7 plus the number. Local calls consist of Alexander, Chapin, Franklin, Jacksonville, Literberry, Murrayville, and Woodson. To make a long-distance calling card call, dial 7+0+ your long distance carrier instructions or dial 7+0 and a GTE operator will assist you. If you have telephone problems, dial “0” and notify our switchboard operator.

Your telephone extension number is 3 plus your room number.

For the comfort of our patients, no telephone calls are received in patient rooms before 7:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.

An iPad with special video software is available for our patients who are hearing impaired and wish to use this method of communication. Ask your nurse for details. A videophone is located in the Emergency Department waiting area  for the use of the patient’s family members who are hearing impaired.

Cellular Telephones
Cellular telephones are permitted in most areas of the hospital. Please look for signs in areas where cellular telephones are not allowed.

Television
Televisions are available in all rooms at no charge. All TV’s are closed-captioned. A list of stations is located in the Patient Handbook.

In addition, Passavant also dedicates three channels to closed-circuit patient educational programming. Channels 20 and 22 post the times and dates of Passavant’s various support groups and educational series, while channel 21 provides specific patient education programs. For a complete schedule of these programs, please refer to the Patient Handbook.

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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