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.

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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