The Center for Psychiatric Health

center.buildingThe Center for Psychiatric Health is an outpatient division of Passavant Area Hospital.

The professional staff is experienced in treating a variety of difficult emotional and behavioral problems, including:

•  Depression, seasonal or situational depression, bipolar or major depression.
•  Anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder.
•  Childhood or developmental disorders, ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, behavior problems, adjustment and emotional problems.
•  Marital and family relationship issues.
•  Substance-related disorders.
•  Grief and loss.

The Center is professionally staffed with adult and child psychiatrists, plus multiple-licensed psychotherapists. Primary care physician referral is preferred.


Pravesh Basnet, M.D. – Child and Adult Psychiatrist
Kamna Handa, M.D.
– Child and Adult Psychiatrist
Sheila Thomas, M.D. –
Board Certified, Adult Psychiatrist

The Center’s staff includes:
William Loveland, L.C.S.W.
Julie Wolff Tennill, L.C.S.W.
William Tennill, L.C.S.W.
Tracy Stucker, L.C.S.W.
Russell Taylor, Ph. D.

1600 West Walnut
Jacksonville, IL 62650
(Southeast corner of Passavant campus)

Phone: (217) 245-7275
Fax: (217) 245-7427

Barb Smith Named Nurse Manager of New Behavioral Health Unit

Posted on: May 19, 2016

As nurse manager for the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at Passavant Area Hospital, a Memorial Health System affiliate, Barb Smith is busy building the foundation for the new service. It’s a job she’s accomplished before. “I’m excited that Passavant has identified mental health as a priority. Our new BHU will give the community access to services where it’s been lacking. And, it’s phenomenal to have three psychiatrists to be part of our team,” said Barb. Barb comes to Passavant from Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center where she was she was the clinical nurse manager the past eight years, during which time she helped established the Center’s child/adolescent and partial hospital programs. Prior to the Lincoln position, she worked with both adults and children/adolescents at Memorial Health System and St. John’s Hospital. Barb earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Lincoln Land Community College and is currently working on her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Colorado Tech University. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. “My goal is to establish a whole continuum of care for the behavioral health patient. Currently, I’m working on hiring registered nurses and techs. We also plan to work with occupational therapy, pastoral care, and the dietitians as we treat the whole patient,” Barb said. “And, we will help guide the other nursing units in their care of the behavioral health patient.” A native of Jacksonville, Barb is very familiar with Passavant. Her mother was a 1948 graduate of the Passavant School of Nursing (and later worked at the Jacksonville Developmental Center). “She’d be very proud of where I am today,” Barb said with a smile. The 10-bed inpatient Behavioral Health Unit is expected to open this summer.

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