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Aperion Care gift funds foundation scholarships

Aperion Care representatives recently presented a check to the Porter County Community Foundation for Scholarship Fund. Shown are: Jim Spanopoulos, director of business development at Fagen Pharmacy; Bill Higbie, president and CEO at Porter County Community Foundation; Lorin Liberson (vice president of business development at Aperion Care; Monti Montgomery, executive director at Aperion Care; and Frederick Frankel, general counsel at Aperion.

VALPARAISO — Aperion Care of Valparaiso made a donation to the Porter County Community Foundation in memory of Mary E. Bartz. She served as president of the Porter County Council of Church Women that established Whispering Pines Health Care Center.

Recently, Aperion Care added the Whispering Pines of Valparaiso to its family of skilled nursing facilities.

"Stand-alone health care entities have had a difficult time enduring in the current economic environment,” said Jim Spanopoulos, director of business development at Fagen Pharmacy. “Luckily for Whispering Pines, Aperion stepped in to help us. ... They’ve also created a $500,000 scholarship through the Porter County Community Foundation to assist Porter County residents in obtaining nursing degrees. ”

“Jim’s presidency of the Whispering Pines board of directors put him in the unique position of being able to facilitate the creation of this scholarship fund,” said Bill Higbie, president and CEO of the Porter County Community Foundation. “It preserves the legacy of the Bartz Family by establishing a permanent scholarship fund to help area residents further their education in the health care field.”

The foundation inspires giving and engages the community to improve lives in Porter County. To learn more, contact the foundation at 219-465-0294 or visit portercountyfoundation.org.

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