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AMITA Mercy Medical Center Endowment Fund

Established 1992

Presence Mercy Medical Center
Presence Mercy Medical Center

In 1992, Mercy Center for Health Care Services created an endowment fund to serve as a permanent resource for the institution’s future needs.

The original hospital (St. Joseph Mercy Hospital) was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1911.  In 1931, a 110-bed facility was constructed by the hospital on North Lake Street in Aurora.

In 1968, a new hospital was built on North Highland Avenue in Aurora, adjacent to Mercyville Institute of Mental Health.

The two institutions consolidated in 1971 and were incorporated as Mercy Center for Health Care Services. In 1997, the hospital merged with Provena Hospitals and was renamed Provena Mercy Medical Center.

In January 2013, the hospital was officially renamed Presence Mercy Medical Center due to the November 2011 merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. In March 2018, Presence Health merged with Ascension Health and now operates under AMITA Health as AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center.

Provena Mercy Centennial Documentary
1911-2011

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

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

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

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

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

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

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

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