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.

Screenings/Program for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: March 16, 2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In partnership with the Mia Ware Foundation and the Regional Cancer Partnership, Passavant Area Hospital is distributing free colorectal cancer home test kits later this month. Colorectal home screening kits may be picked up in a “drive-through” fashion in the circle drive at the main entrance of Passavant on Thursday, March 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. A short consent form can be filled out from the participant’s car. After collecting samples for the kit at home, participants mail the kit back to Passavant in the provided postage paid envelope. Results are processed in Passavant’s laboratory, and individuals will receive a letter with their test results within four weeks. Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum, and is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. The CDC estimates that if every adult age 50 and over had regular screenings for colorectal cancer, up to 60 percent of deaths from the disease could be prevented. A colonoscopy is considered the “gold-standard” test for colorectal cancer. The home test kits are not a replacement for a colonoscopy, and they are not a specific test for cancer, but they can detect the presence of blood, which can be indicative of many medical conditions, including colorectal cancer. The home screenings are a good test to do in the years between colonoscopies. The test is also recommended for people age 50 and older, people with a family history of colorectal cancer, those who have a history of colorectal polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, or who eat a diet high in processed foods or red meat. They are also recommended for individuals who smoke, are obese, or use alcohol heavily. In addition to the kit distribution, Passavant is hosting a Community Health Talk, “Colorectal Cancer Update,” on Friday, March 27, at 12 noon. Springfield Clinic general surgeon Michael Fenner, MD, will present the program. A light lunch is included. To register for the program, please call 217-479-5800.

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