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 nutritonal counseling, and more. Here’s what we offer:

Achieve
Achieve is Passavant’s weight management program for adults. The class meets for 8-week sessions, two to three times per year. During sessions, Achieve meets on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. Check the Events Calendar, email, or call (217) 245-9541, extension 3296, for the latest meeting schedule.

Community Health Talks
Passavant offers a Community Health Talk each month. Each Talk is presented at no cost, but registration is required. Check the Events Calendar, email, or call (217) 479-5800, for the current month’s Community Health Talk.

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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.

Learn More About Diabetes
This class is for the newly-diagnosed diabetic or those wanting to know more about diabetes. The class meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

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) 245-9541, extension 3296.

Yoga
Yoga meets each Monday at 7 p.m. Check the Events Calendar, email, or call (217) 245-9541, extension 3296, for more details.

New 3D Mammography at Passavant Area Hospital

Posted on: June 18, 2015

  Passavant Area Hospital is excited to offer 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. Pasavant’s system offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ground-breaking tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance for all breast types. “We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” said Patti Brown, Director of Imaging. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis when combined with a conventional 2D mammography has a 40% higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. Tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence with up to a 40% t reduction in recall rates. The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. By offering women the latest technology in mammography, Passavant expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. Passavant Area Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, Passavant provides the latest in imaging technology. If you have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact your physician or the Imaging Department at 245-9541 extension 3371. #####

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