Classes and Education


At Passavant Area Hospital, one of our goals is to promote a healthy life-style to the communities we serve. We’ll help you live that healthy life-style by providing educational programs, Community Health Talks, support groups, health and nutritional counseling, and more. Here’s what we offer:

Community Health Talks
Passavant offers  Community Health Talks throughout the year. Each Talk is presented at no cost, but registration is required. Check the Events Calendar, email, or call (217) 479-5800, for more information.

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CPR
Passavant is an American Heart Association Training Center and offers a variety of CPR courses, including basic and advanced cardiac life support, basic and advanced pediatric life support, provider, and renewal. Call (217) 245-9541, extension 3890, or check the Events Calendar for a current list of classes.

Prepared Childbirth Education
This class is designed for women in their sixth month of pregnancy and their coaches, this one-day class deals with the birth process and covers breathing and relaxation techniques, C-section preparation, discomforts associated with pregnancy, and the tools (e.g. epidurals) for coping with the discomforts. This class will also review feeding options and the advantages of breastfeeding along with planning for separation related to work, school, or other activities. A tour of the Maternal Infant Health Center is included. The class is offered on the third Saturday of each month.

Support Groups
There is no charge for participating in our support groups. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. You may review the list of our support groups using the link on the right side of this page. For more information, call (217) 479-5800.

Yoga
Yoga meets each Monday at 7 p.m. Check the Events Calendar, email, or call (217) 479-5800, for more details.

Free Nursing Camp for Students

Posted on: February 24, 2017

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 June 27-30 at the nonprofit community hospital. The program begins with an orientation at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St., Springfield, where students will participate in skills training and simulations in the state-of-the-art learning facility. They will spend the following three days in Jacksonville, where they will have the opportunity to job shadow and interact with nursing staff on several nursing units throughout Passavant Area Hospital. Campers will also spend a day at MacMurray College in Jacksonville to learn about pursuing a professional nursing degree. “TEN Camp participants receive a hands-on opportunity to experience nursing education and nursing practice,” said Leanna Wynn, affiliate vice president of nursing and quality and chief nursing officer of Passavant Area Hospital. “We’re looking for the best and brightest high school students interested in pursuing a nursing career.” TEN Camp will be limited to 15 students. Campers are expected to attend all four days of the camp and may not leave the camp for any reason other than a family emergency. Students will need to complete an application, which includes a school counselor reference, written permission from parents or guardians and a multiple-essay questionnaire explaining why they want to become a nurse. Applications are available online at MemorialCareers.com. The deadline to apply is March 24. For more information, call 217-788-6254 or send an email to workforcedevelopment@mhsil.com.

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