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VNA Health Care receives $15,000 grant from Community Foundation

VNA Health Care was approved for a $15,000  capital fund grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to support the purchase of the HealthStream Learning Center. The purchase of this learning system allows VNA to provide staff with 24/7 online access to evidence-based training materials that deliver consistent curriculum that is regularly updated. This will accelerate the clinical orientation process for new staff, including providers and new and transitioning nurses, support VNA’s efforts to improve patient outcomes, and help the organization decrease medical and legal risk. The system also supports VNA’s compliance with best practice related to professional development as recommended by The Joint Commission.

“The HealthStream Learning Center offers tools to identify knowledge gaps among our staff, set training goals, and compare our progress against other healthcare organizations. All of this helps to better manage our annual training initiatives,” said Kristin Fuhr, Associate Vice President of Quality, Education, & Risk Management.

VNA purchased the Healthstream Learning Center in June and began using it this month for the annual employee training required by The Joint Commission. VNA has over 400 employees who will benefit from the HealthStream Learning Center.

“We sincerely appreciate the generous support of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in bringing this exciting project to fruition.  This funding, together with funds raised during our 2015 gala event, significantly enhances the professional development of our staff team, which in turn improves our ability to provide exceptional patient care,” said Chrissie Howorth, Vice President of Philanthropy and Business Relations.


The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.  Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $75 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants and scholarships.  For more information on the Foundation, visit

VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to 65,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties.  VNA runs ten community health centers and is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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

…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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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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