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Friday, Dec 8, 2023

Libertana Gives Awards

Scholarships bestowed upon children of employees.

This month, health care provider Libertana Home Health announced the recipients of its 2022 Libertana Scholarship.

The scholarship supports the collegiate endeavors of the children and grandchildren of Libertana’s employees. This year, 24 scholarships were awarded that ranged from $500 to $1,000. 

Jonathan Istrin

“Libertana firmly believes in the transformative power of higher education,” the organization’s chairman, Jonathan Istrin, said in a statement. 

“It means the world to be able to support this generation’s future leaders in their endeavors, and we look forward to seeing their accomplishments,” Istrin added.

Istrin stepped down from the Libertana chief executive position this year and was succeeded by health care executive Neil Rotter, who has been awarded with the Lois C Lillick Award by the California Association for Health Services at Home.

This year marks the third year of the Libertana scholarship program, which started during the pandemic to support employees and their families. It eventually became a mainstay of Libertana’s philanthropic initiatives, which also includes a new campership program that sent 25 of their employees’ children to summer camp.

Recipients of this year’s scholarship will be attending schools such as CSU Northridge, Pepperdine University, CSU Fullerton and UC Berkeley.

“Libertana is thrilled to award this passionate, driven class with scholarships,” Rotter said in a statement. “This initiative reflects Libertana’s commitment to providing our dedicated employees and their families with resources to pursue continued education and professional ambitions.”

The staff contributes to the Sherman Oaks-based company’s home health services, which include medical care, non-medical care and hospice care. Libertana also provides home accessibility products. The products are paid for via financing options from Libertana or by Medicaid assistance.

Although headquartered in Sherman Oaks, Libertana’s services extend to the counties of Los Angeles, Fresno, Riverside, San Bernandino, San Diego and Orange. 

Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio Pequeño IV
Antonio “Tony” Pequeño IV is a reporter covering health care, finance and law for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He specializes in reporting on some of the biggest names in the Valley’s biotechnology sector. In addition to his work with the Business Journal, Tony has reported with BuzzFeed News on the unsupervised use of Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition technology. Tony, who also conducts freelance reporting, graduated from the USC’s Master of Science in Journalism program in 2021. He is in his fifth year as a journalist as of 2021.

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