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History / Overview

At the encouragement of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Provena Health was born in 1997 from a human need to provide exceptional and compassionate health care services, and to be a sign of hope to all those in the communities it serves.

Since then, our Provena Health Catholic health system has evolved to include six hospitals, 17 long-term care and senior residential facilities, 28 clinics, five home health agencies and other health-related activities operating in Illinois and Indiana.  

Provena Health ministries are sponsored by:

Provena Life Connections History - A Timeline

1831: Sisters of Mercy founded in Dublin, Ireland by Blessed Catherine McAuley

1846: Mother Frances Xavier Warde arrives with six Sisters of Mercy in Chicago

1860: Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary founded in Paris, France by Jeanne Marie Moisan and Fr. Francois Delaplace

1866: Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart founded in Seelbach, Germany by Fr. William Berger and Mother Carlotta Himmelsbach

1876: Mother Anastasia Bischler arrives in Avilla, Indiana to establish the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart in the United States.

1889: Four Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary arrive in Bourbonnais

1896: St. Joseph Home for the Aged founded in Freeport, now know as Provena St. Joseph Center

1896: St. Vincent Home for Children founded in Freeport, now known as Provena St. Vincent Community Living Facility

1911: Fox Knoll founded as part of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Aurora

1954: Fortin Villa founded in Bourbonnais

1959: Maria Linden founded in Rockford, now known as Provena Cor Mariae Center

1967: Briarcliff Manor (now Provena Our Lady of Victory) founded in Bourbonnais

1970: Heritage House (now Provena Heritage Village) founded in Kankakee

1972: Home Care, Kankakee, began services as a department of St. Mary's Hospital

1972: Geneva Care Center founded in Geneva

1976: Franciscan Home Health, Joliet, began services as a department of St. Joseph Medical Center.

1977: Sacred Heart Home founded in Avilla, Indiana

1978: Pine View Care Center founded in St. Charles

1981: Laverna Terrace founded in Avilla, Indiana

1982: Franciscan Home Health, Waukegan, began services as a department of St. Therese Medical Center

1983: St. Mary's Adult Day Center founded in Kankakee as part of St. Mary's Hospital

1985: McAuley Manor founded in Aurora

1986: St. Anne Center founded in Rockford

1988: Franciscan Home Health, Elgin began services as a department of St. Joseph's

1988: Home Care, Urbana began services as a department of Mercy Hospital

1989: Franciscan Nursing Home (now Provena Villa Franciscan) founded in Joliet

1993: St. Anne Place founded in Rockford

1995: Meadowview Manor (now Provena Heritage Lodge) founded in Kankakee

1997: Provena Health founded December 1, 1997 when the regional health and human service activities of the three Roman Catholic congregations were merged.

2000: Provena Home Care established as a separate operating unit of Provena Health

2009: Provena Senior Services and Provena Home Care aligned

2010: Provena Life Connections became the new name for Provena Senior Services and Provena Home Care


Care @ Home
Presence Cor Mariae Center (Rockford)
Presence Fortin Villa Learning Center (Kankakee)
Presence Fox Knoll (Aurora)
Presence Heritage Village (Kankakee)
Presence Home Care (Bourbonnais)
Presence Home Care (Champaign)
Presence Home Care (Elgin)
Presence Home Care (Joliet)
Presence Hospice (Champaign)
Presence Hospice (Elgin)
Presence Intergenerational Center (Kankakee)
Presence McAuley Manor (Aurora)
Presence Merkle-Knipprath Countryside (Clifton)
Presence Our Lady of Victory (Bourbonnais)
Presence Pine View Care Center (St. Charles)
Presence Sacred Heart Home (Avilla)
Presence Saint Anne Center (Rockford)
Presence Saint Joseph Center (Freeport)
Presence Heritage Day Break
Presence Villa Franciscan (Joliet)
Morning Star Village (Rockford)
St. Joseph Nursing Home (Lacon)
The Greens of Elgin (Elgin)

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