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Presence Mercy Medical Center Receives $18,000 Grant from Community Foundation of Fox River Valley


Aurora, IL – Look for a little more sparkle and shine at Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Fox River Valley. The hospital was able to purchase two new floor scrubbers with an $18,200 grant provided by the Community Foundation.

“Providing a clean, safe and pleasant environment at the hospital is of the utmost importance,” said Joyce Ocasio, Manager of Housekeeping, Presence Mercy Medical Center. “We can’t say enough about how appreciative we are to the Community Foundation of Fox River Valley for making it possible for us to purchase two of the top-of-the-line floor scrubbers. The new equipment has helped us provide the highest quality of care and comfort for our patients.”

According to Ocasio, the Chariot 3 iScrub 26 is two-times more productive than the older walk behind models and it has full circle visibility for operator safety. It is easy to transport around the hospital and optimizes productivity by lengthening the times between recharging and refilling.

“We were able to change schedules and increase areas assigned to staff. The Chariot is also quieter on the in patient floors which is a patient and staff satisfier,” said Ocasio.

With family-friendly, patient-centered features like new private rooms and a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center, Presence Mercy Medical Center is positively impacting the health of Fox River Valley communities. Offering 293 licensed beds and more than 450 physicians, Presence Mercy provides advanced services in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, GI, diabetes care, orthopedics, and maternal/child health. For more information please visit

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizen of the Greater Aurora Area, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County, Illinois. For more information, please visit

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Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

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Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

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Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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