The Champion Award was created in 2016 to recognize exemplary support for economic development in Morgan and Scott counties from an individual, agency or organization that does not have economic development as a primary purpose. Harry Schmidt, Passavant CEO will accept the award.

Our 2017 recipient is Passavant Area Hospital. Passavant, founded in 1875, offers health care services to more than 140,000 residents in our West Central Illinois region. As one of our major employers, Passavant also provides jobs for over 970 employees and continues to grow.

Although this past year they have continued to add more and more specialized treatment facilities and specialists, we have chosen the new Passavant Radiology Oncology Center as our 2017 Champion. This new facility means less travel and expense and more convenience for patient’s battling cancer and their families.

Passavant Area Hospital, in collaboration with Memorial Medical Center’s Regional Cancer Center, opened the Passavant Radiology Oncology Center on April 3, 2017. Cancer patients receive radiation therapy treatments at the facility, which is located at 567 N. Westgate on the Passavant campus. The Center features a new state-of-the-art linear accelerator, which uses high-energy radiation to damage cancer cells’ DNA and destroy their ability to divide and grow. Patients work with the clinical team at the MMC Regional Cancer Center to develop their individualized care plans. Once their plans are created, patients receive their ongoing radiation treatments right here in Jacksonville, avoiding all the travel time to and from Springfield.

Congratulations to Helena Chemical and Passavant Hospital and their associates for winning these prestigious awards!

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