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

Foundation Receives $4.5 Million Gift

Posted on: May 19, 2015

The Passavant Area Hospital Foundation is the recipient of two gifts totaling over $4.5 million from the estate of Howard and Vera Million. The Millions, who had deep roots in Central Illinois, farmed their entire lives in Greene, Scott, and Morgan Counties. Mr. Million also was the founder and president of the former Roodhouse Savings and Loan Association. “This gift is a reflection of Howard and Vera’s appreciation for the work and care that Passavant provides,” said Frank Cummings, Howard’s nephew. “Howard and Vera would be very proud and pleased to provide this gift. They both wanted to leave a legacy for healthcare and for education.” The first gift, 320 acres of farmland, appraised at over $3.5 million, was donated to the Foundation last year. With the addition of the Million farmland, the Passavant Foundation is the owner or trust beneficiary of over 4,000 acres of farmland. The Foundation shares 423 acres with four local institutions. The Passavant Farms are managed by professional farm managers with oversight by the Passavant Foundation Farm Advisory Committee. Annual income from the Passavant Farms, as directed by the donor, is for greatest need as determined by the Foundation, nursing scholarships, or patient financial assistance. The second gift, $1 million, is designated for Passavant Area Hospital’s new inpatient psychiatric unit. Construction of the psychiatric unit is set to start soon, with an opening date slated for summer 2016. The unit, located on the hospital’s third floor, will be an inpatient psychiatric facility for adults 18 and older. “This gift from the Millions will transform great patient care and assist the Hospital to advance healthcare services. We are so grateful to the Millions for their generous gift,” says Pam Martin, Executive Director of the Passavant Foundation. The Passavant Area Hospital Foundation serves to connect the Hospital with donors and to secure funding for mission-critical priorities. The Foundation is building a strong community tradition for financial support to meet local healthcare needs. Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois, an affiliate of Memorial Health System, has been providing healthcare services to the residents of Morgan, Cass, Greene, Scott, Macoupin counties, and portions of Brown and northern Pike counties in West Central Illinois since 1875. The Mission of Passavant Area Hospital is to improve the health of the people and communities it serves. Passavant, licensed for 93 patient beds, is staffed by 900 full and part-time employees, and an active medical staff of 70 physicians. Passavant is the largest employer in Jacksonville. Passavant Area Hospital is a Magnet® Hospital as recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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